Obama phones Abbott to say thanks

Prime Minister Tony Abbott (AAP) Source: AP

US President Barack Obama has called former prime minister Tony Abbott to thank his good "mate" for his efforts against IS.

US President Barack Obama has thanked Tony Abbott for his service and commended his leadership in the fight against Islamic State extremists.

Mr Obama phoned the former prime minister on Wednesday morning.

The US leader told Mr Abbott he'd been a very good "mate" on many important issues.

Source AAP

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