"Of course, we discussed our commitment to meet our shared security challenges, from countering cyber threats to ensuring that Iran continues to live up to the terms of the Iran nuclear deal. I commended Angela for her leadership along with President Hollande in working to resolve the conflict in Ukraine," Obama said, according to a video posted on the White House website.

Read alsoBloomberg: Obama's sound advice for the European Union"We continued to stand with the people of Ukraine and for the basic principle that nations have a right to determine their own destiny, and we discussed the importance of maintaining sanctions until Russia fully complies with the Minsk agreement," said the outgoing U.S. president.