Obama meets Mideast negotiators

2013-07-30 17:50

Washington - President Barack Obama met privately on Tuesday with lead Israeli and Palestinian negotiators the day after they restarted long-stalled peace negotiations in Washington, a White House official said.

The meeting at the White House came after Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years on Monday in a US-brokered effort that Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions.

The negotiators held bilateral meetings on Tuesday at the State Department.

Obama has so far stood back from the process, leaving it to Kerry to lead the effort to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the table.

The talks are expected to run for nine months. While Kerry has urged the two sides to strike "reasonable compromises", there are major disagreements on issues such as borders and security.

  • Will Reynolds - 2013-07-30 17:37

    Obama is not even there! Kerry is. Everyone reports on something they don't even do their homework for. Politico 44 gives his schedule:Tuesday Jul. 30, 2013 8:30 AM Biden and former Secretary Clinton will meet for breakfast at the Naval Observatory. 10:00 AM Obama and Biden receive the presidential daily briefing. 10:45 AM Obama departs the White House en route Joint Base Andrews. 11:00 AM Obama departs Joint Base Andrews. 12:30 PM Obama arrives in Chattanooga, Tenn. 1:35 PM Obama tours the Amazon Fulfillment Center. 2:00 PM Obama delivers remarks. 3:05 PM Obama departs Chattanooga, Tenn., for Washington. 4:40 PM Obama arrives at Joint Base Andrews. 4:55 PM Obama arrives at the White House. Which is more important and relevant-Amazon or Mid-East talks? So much for accuracy in the news media.

      Juan Jordaan - 2013-07-31 10:48

      N24 has the most inaccurate and bias articles. And even worse spelling.

      Juan Jordaan - 2013-07-31 10:50

      Yes, it is obama in the background of kerry's picture O.o

  • Elliot Menziwa - 2013-07-30 18:43

    Intvited to an IFTA in the white house?

  • Ntombi Zulu - 2013-07-30 18:49

    9 months to negotiate. phew.

  • Juan Jordaan - 2013-07-31 10:49

    N24 has the most inaccurate and bias articles. And even worse spelling.

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