Obama to work with lawmakers force authorization against Islamic State

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Posted: Jan 13, 2015 2:41 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama told congressional leaders on Tuesday he is committed to working with them on a text to authorize the use of military force against Islamic State militants, the White House said.

Obama met with top congressional leaders at the White House earlier in the day.

"The president also underscored the importance of our diplomatic efforts aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon, reiterating his strong opposition to additional sanctions legislation that could derail the negotiations and isolate the United States from our international coalition," the White House said in a statement after the meeting.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)