Obama to host meeting with Abbas and Netanyahu
American President Barack Obama will host a meeting Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas in an attaempt to lay the groundwork for renewed peace negotiations.
The three-way meeting will take place immediately after Obama meets separately with each of the two leaders, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said Saturday, according to the AP. It will seek "to lay the groundwork for the relaunch of negotiations, and to create a positive context for those negotiations so that they can succeed," Gibbs said, according to AFP.
Shortly after the announcement, Netanyahu's office said the prime minister "responded positively" to the invitation.
Special Envoy to the Middle East, George Mitchell said the meeting is another sign of Obama's commitment to comprehensive peace. The meetings will take place in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly meeting.