Obama, Netanyahu discuss Israel-Palestine talks

Last Updated: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 10:06

Washington: US President Barack Obama has
called the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to
discuss the progress in recent Israel-Palestine peace talks as
well as the West`s continuing standoff with Iran over its
nuclear programme.

As part of their regular communication and cooperation on
bilateral and regional issues, Obama yesterday spoke with
Netanyahu, the White House said, adding that they reviewed
recent meetings between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in

Obama reaffirmed his commitment to the goal of a
comprehensive and lasting peace in the region, it said.

The two leaders also discussed recent Iran-related
developments, including the international community`s efforts
to hold Iran accountable for its failures to meet its
international obligations, the White House said.

Obama reiterated his unshakable commitment to
Israel`s security.

"The President and the Prime Minister promised to
stay in touch in the coming weeks on these and other issues of
mutual concern," it said.

At a news conference, State Department spokesperson
Victoria Nuland said the US is intensively involved with both

"The President himself spoke to Prime Minister Netanyahu
today as the White House has read out, including on this
subject. So we are doing our best to play our role, to
encourage this effort," she said.

"The Jordanians are obviously playing a vital role. But
what`s most important is that in that room, the parties are
talking to each other. And it`s also frankly a good thing that
they`re talking to each other without having to have all of us
sit with them," Nuland said.


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First Published: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 10:06

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