NEW DELHI (Reuters) - President Barack Obama phoned Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday from New Delhi to offer condolences for the apparent killing of a Japanese citizen by Islamic State militants, the White House said.

Obama thanked Abe for the humanitarian aid that Japan has provided to the Middle East region, the White House said in a statement.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by John Chalmers)