Obama pleased that Gilad Schalit is released

By REUTERS
October 18, 2011 18:47

JAMESTOWN, N.C. - US President Barack Obama is pleased that IDF soldier Gilad Schalit has been freed and wants Israelis and Palestinians to take steps toward resuming peace negotiations, the White House said on Tuesday.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during the president's bus tour in North Carolina that it was not yet clear how Schalit's release would impact the Middle East peace process but said Obama was "personally pleased" by the development."Each side needs to take steps that make it easier to return to negotiations rather than harder," Carney said.


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