US President Barack Obama said Tuesday he expected "good faith" gestures to be made by all sides in the Middle East within months, and said the prospect of peace still existed. According to AFP, Obama made the comments after talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II.
"My hope would be that over the next several months, that you start seeing gestures of good faith on all sides," Obama said after the meeting in the Oval Office. "I don't want to get into the details of what those gestures might be, but I think that the parties in the region probably have a pretty good recognition of what intermediate steps could be taken as confidence-building measures."
The king was paying his first visit to the White House since Obama became president in January vowing to work for Middle East peace. "We've had some very fruitful discussions this morning with President Obama," Abdullah told reporters as he commenced talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. "We're at the State Department now to go over the priorities that Jordan and Arab countries will put in front of themselves of how to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table and hopefully open a new chapter of peace and stability in the Middle East and move the peace process forward," the monarch added.
Clinton repeated the Obama administration's "search for peace that would result from a two-state solution in the Middle East."