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Obama, Netanyahu to meet on sidelines of UN

Obama, Netanyahu to meet on sidelines of UN

Facing a diplomatic clash over the prospect of Palestinian statehood, President Barack Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week to discuss ways to get Middle East peace talks back on track.
The two leaders will meet in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, where the Palestinians say they will ask the Security Council to accept them as a full member of the United Nations. The U.S. has pledged to veto the bid, saying the only way for the Palestinians to truly achieve statehood is through a return to direct negotiations with Israel.
"Whatever happens in New York, this is going to have to be resolved between the Israelis and Palestinians," White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said Friday.
Rhodes said there were no plans for Obama to meet with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in New York next week. He also said Obama had not spoken with Abbas recently.
A senior U.S. diplomatic team is in the region making a last-ditch effort to persuade the Palestinians to drop the U.N. bid. While Palestinian leaders have not closed the door on the prospect of a compromise, the chances of breakthrough appear slim.
Obama is scheduled to arrive in New York on Monday evening.


Updated : 2021-09-27 15:50 GMT+08:00