Trump will work to "make progress" in peace process, White House says

January 23, 2017 00:37

WASHINGTON -- Speaking with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by phone on Sunday, US President Donald Trump said that his administration would work with the Israelis to make progress toward Middle East peace, the White House said.

In an official readout from the call, the new administration said that Trump and Netanyahu discussed ways to strengthen bilateral relations and "security and stability in the Middle East." Trump emphasized the importance of America's military, intelligence and security cooperation with the Jewish state.The two leaders also discussed Iran's posture in the region and threats posed by terrorist organizations, such as Islamic State.

Trump "emphasized that peace between Israel and the Palestinians can only be negotiated directly between the two parties, and that the United States will work closely with Israel to make progress towards that goal," the White House statements reads.

Netanyahu will visit Trump at the White House sometime next month, although a date has not yet been set. An Israeli readout said that the nuclear deal with Iran as well as Middle East peace topped the agenda.

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