No progress after Obama, Netanyahu talks

Published November 10th, 2009 - 07:38 GMT

No progress was reported Tuesday after a closed door meeting between US President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. According to AFP, Netanyahu left the White House after spending an hour and forty minutes inside, without making any declaration to the press.


"The president reaffirmed our strong commitment to Israel's security, and discussed security cooperation on a range of issues," the White House said in a brief statement. "The president and prime minister also discussed Iran and how to move forward on Middle East peace."


Ahead of the meeting, Netanyahu said he was prepared to immediately engage in peace talks. The summit was announced late Sunday only after Netanyahu had arrived in Washington. Netanyahu earlier called on Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas to immediately renew peace negotiations. "I say today to Mahmud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, 'let us seize the moment to reach an historic agreement. Let us begin talks immediately,'" he told a conference of North American Jewish leaders.


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