Mahmoud Abbas 311.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
US President Barack Obama spoke to
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the first time in six months on Monday
to discuss the long-stalled Middle East peace process, the White House
White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement that Obama
called Abbas and told him the United States was committed to Middle East peace.
He told Abbas both sides need to reinforce the efforts that have brought an end
to recent fighting and to avoid provocative actions.
In the first
conversation between Obama and Abbas since they met in New York in September
2011, Carney said Obama praised recent efforts by Jordan's King Abdullah to
advance direct discussions
between Israel and the Palestinians.
between the Israelis and Palestinians have been overshadowed by the debate
between Israel and Washington over a possible military strike on Iran due to
Tehran's nuclear program.
The Palestinians have struggled to make their
voice heard in recent months as world attention has shifted to the US
presidential elections, the escalating violence in Syria and Iran's nuclear
Abbas, as a condition for negotiations, has demanded that Israel
agree to the establishment of a Palestinian state on all lands conquered in the
1967 Middle East war.
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