“President Obama called Egyptian President Morsi today to discuss the situation in Gaza,” the White House said in a statement. “The President commended Egypt’s efforts to de-escalate the situation and expressed his hope that these efforts would be successful.”

Morsi called for an end to violence in Gaza on Friday, and Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil visited Gaza and pledged, “Egypt will not hesitate to intensify its efforts and make sacrifices to stop this aggression and achieve a lasting truce,” according to multiple news reports.