WASHINGTON  - U.S. President Donald Trump and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman discussed the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and "re-energizing global economies" during a telephone call on Thursday, the White House said.

The two leaders also discussed regional and bilateral issues and the prince "reaffirmed the strong United States-Saudi defense partnership," a White House spokesman said.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Writing by Mohammad Zargham; Editing by Chris Reese) ((mohammad.zargham@thomsonreuters.com;))