April 5th, 2011
07:23 PM ET
WASHINGTON (CNN) – While the budget talks were high on President Obama’s agenda Tuesday, he had another relatively important meeting on his schedule at the White House.
Remember Middle East peace?
The president met with Israeli President Shimon Peres in the Oval Office followed by a working lunch in the Old Family Dining Room. Both events were out of the view of television cameras but that didn't keep the leaders from speaking to the press in other forums.
Moments later, President Obama was asked for a readout during an impromptu press conference in the briefing room.
“I think he and I both share a belief that this is both a challenge and an opportunity; that with the winds of change blowing through the Arab world, it’s more urgent than ever that we try to seize the opportunity to create a peaceful solution between the Palestinians and the Israelis, and he has some very interesting ideas around those issues,” Obama told reporters. “He also recognizes the fact that in a country like Egypt, not only do we need to be nurturing democracy, but we also have to make sure that economic opportunity is growing there. And so we explored some ideas about how we can provide some help and make sure that young people there see a brighter future.”