Lebanese PM presses Obama on Mideast peace deal

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 25, 2010 08:51

 
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WASHINGTON  — Lebanese Prime Minister Sa'ad Hariri on Monday told US President Barack Obama that the "clock is ticking" on Mideast peace and that failure to reach an agreement will lead to more violence and extremism in the region.

On his first official White House visit as premier, Hariri said he told Obama during an Oval Office meeting that Lebanon is hopeful about his efforts to secure a lasting peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. The two sides recently began participating in indirect peace talks.

But the Lebanese prime minister said he told Obama about a "pervasive frustration and skepticism" in the Muslim world regarding the issue and that the "clock is ticking ... against all those who believe in a just peace."

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