Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner met at the White House shortly after 5 p.m. ET Thursday amid negotiations to avert the so-called fiscal cliff.
The meeting was the two men's first face-to-face meeting since Sunday, though they spoke as recently as Tuesday by telephone.
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Boehner's spokesman, Brendan Buck, said in a statement after the meeting, "The president and speaker had a frank meeting in the Oval Office tonight. It lasted approximately 50 minutes. There will be no further readout of the meeting, but lines of communication remain open."
- CNN's Jessica Yellin and Dana Bash contributed to this report.
It has been updated with news of the meeting taking place.