Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Obama invites Egyptian, Israeli, and Palestinian leaders to Washington for separate talks on peace

Talks with Middle East leaders concerning the peace process are slated to occur over the next few weeks. The conversations at the White House will be separate and do not seem to be part of any planned negotiations.

"What we have to do is step back from the abyss," commented President Obama after meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah in Washington. The president also hinted at several "confidence-building measures" that he hoped would be undertaken by the region's major players in the coming months but refused to comment specifically on what these gestures may be. Obama did mention that these gestures should be planned in a way that brings about discernible progress on the ground. "I am a strong supporter of the two-state solution," the president announced once again.

Robert Gibbs (White House press secretary) - "With each of them the president will discuss ways the United States can strengthen and deepen our partnerships with them, as well as the steps all parties must take to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians and Israel and the Arab states."

Update: The invited leaders are Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak, and the Palestinian Authority's President Mahmoud Abbas.

Read more from Haaretz here.

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