Cameron, Obama push for ME talks

Both leaders agree on need for parties to move to direct negotiations.

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 7, 2010 01:22
President Barack Obama, right, and British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, talk during their mee

Cameron Obama 311. (photo credit: AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

LONDON — British Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama agreed during a telephone conversation on Friday that there is an urgent need for Middle East peace talks, officials said.

Cameron spoke with Obama following his meeting with Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari in London, Downing Street said.

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Cameron's spokesman said on condition of anonymity in line with policy that on the Middle East the leaders "agreed on the need for the parties to move as soon as possible to direct peace talks."

The White House said the conversation about the need for the direct Mideast talks and other issues was part of ongoing consultations between the two leaders on a shared global agenda.

Cameron also discussed the Middle East peace process in talks Wednesday in Rome with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.


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