Obama phones world leaders on situation in Egypt

President Obama spoke with a series of crucial world leaders to discuss the situation in Egypt over the weekend.

Obama spoke Saturday to Prime Minister Recep Erdogan of Turkey, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia. Obama also spoke to Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom.

"During his calls, the president reiterated his focus on opposing violence and calling for restraint; supporting universal rights, including the right to peaceful assembly, association, and speech; and supporting an orderly transition to a government that is responsive to the aspirations of the Egyptian people," the White House said in readout of the president's calls.

The White House added: "The President asked each of the leaders that he spoke to for their assessment of the situation, and agreed to stay in close contact going forward."