Obama and Xi meet for first time in years

LONDON — President Xi Jinping and President Barack Obama spoke on the phone Tuesday for the first time since U.S. President Donald Trump abruptly ended the six-day visit to the U.K. and imposed sanctions on a range of Chinese companies.

Obama spoke with Xi by phone to reiterate U.N. sanctions against China’s state-owned enterprises and urged him to use all the diplomatic and economic tools at his disposal to restore U.R.O. relations, according to a White House statement.

The two leaders also discussed trade and energy security, and shared their views on the rise of violent extremism, the statement said.

President Xi and President Obama met at the White House on March 5 to discuss U.C.I.E. sanctions, which were lifted after Trump announced in March that he was ending the visit.

China is a U.E.-based member of the U:27 group that includes Russia, Iran, North Korea and Venezuela.