U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged further cooperation in the midst of the daunting coronavirus pandemic, the White House said Friday.

During the Thursday evening telephone call, Trump and Xi “reiterated their commitment to cooperate to protect lives and livelihoods,” it said in a statement issued as the global death toll mounts with the U.S. surpassing China and Italy for known COVID-19 cases.

“The two leaders agreed to work together to defeat the coronavirus pandemic and restore global health and prosperity,” it added.

Trump early Friday morning said he and Xi “just finished a very

Read more: Trump, China's Xi pledge cooperation on virus pandemic