Obama to meet with Abbas at White House next month
By Scott Wilson
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with President Obama on June 9 at the White House, the administration announced Thursday evening.
Abbas will arrive eight days after Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu meets with Obama at the White House, hoping to move on from a stormy patch in U.S.-Israeli relations.
Obama is working to translate so-called proximity talks between Israelis and Palestinians into direct peace negotiations, which he wants to conclude with the creation of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.
In a statement, the White House said that Obama's meeting with Abbas would review "progress so far in Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks, and how the United States can work with the parties to transition to direct talks."
"They will also discuss our continuing effort to work cooperatively to develop the institutions that can advance the aspirations of the Palestinian people, and support the establishment of a Palestinian state," the statement said.
May 27, 2010; 7:38 PM ET
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