Obama urges new talks between Palestinians and Israelis
President Obama meets with King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office on Tuesday
May 17th, 2011
03:16 PM ET

Obama urges new talks between Palestinians and Israelis

By CNN's Alan Silverleib

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama said Tuesday it is critical for Israelis and Palestinians to restart negotiations on an "equitable and just" two-state solution to their decades-long conflict.

Obama made his remarks during a meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah II at the White House, kicking off a critical week for the administration's Middle East policy.

The president is scheduled to deliver an address Thursday on U.S. policy toward the "Arab Spring" uprisings that have shaken autocratic regimes across North Africa and the broader Arab world.

Obama is slated to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday. Netanyahu, in turn, will deliver an address to Congress while in Washington.

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Middle East peace meeting gets low billing at the White House
April 5th, 2011
07:23 PM ET

Middle East peace meeting gets low billing at the White House

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More international phone calls
March 24th, 2011
06:14 PM ET

More international phone calls

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