Report: Obama's ME speech won't focus on peace talks

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May 14, 2011 18:20

 
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US President Barack Obama's speech on the Middle East, scheduled for May 19, will not focus on Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations nor will it serve as a launching pad for new talks, The Wall Street Journal quoted a senior US official as saying on Saturday.

The speech will instead address uprisings in the Arab world and how the killing of Osama bin Laden fits in with the current changes occurring in the Middle East, White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

Carney said the speech would be  "fairly sweeping and comprehensive," and would call on leaders subject to protests  to respond to demands for a peaceful dialogue.

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