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Obama phones Palestinian president on peace effort
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Source: Reuters

RAMALLAH, West Bank, Jan 21 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama pledged in a telephone call on Wednesday to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to try to achieve Middle East peace, a Palestinian official said.

"Obama reiterated that he and his administration will work in full partnership with President Abbas to achieve peace in the region," said Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian negotiator in peace talks with Israel.

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New president vows to seek 'durable' Mideast peace in Mahmoud Abbas call

January 21, 2009 11:01 AM

RAMALLAH, West Bank U.S. President Barack Obama promised to work toward a "durable peace" in the Middle East during a phone call to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, Palestinian officials said.

Obama called the Palestinian leader a day after taking the oath of office and assured him that he intended "to work with him as partners to establish a durable peace in the region," Abbass spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina told AFP.

Obama told Abbas that the president was the first foreign leader he called since taking office, Rudeina said.

"This is my first phone call to a foreign leader and Im making it only hours after I took office," Rudeina quoted Obama as telling Abbas.

Obama and his secretary of state-designate Hillary Clinton vowed to deal with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict immediately after taking office.


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CNN also reported that Obama became engaged almost immediately in the Middle East crisis. He placed phone calls with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.

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  -Obama phones Palestinian president on peace effort maddezmom  Jan-21-09 10:18 AM   #0 
  - I am encouraged by this development.  Maat   Jan-21-09 10:20 AM   #1 
  - diplomacy wins all the time.  alyce douglas   Jan-21-09 10:24 AM   #2 
  - Great news, another step in the right direction.  Jefferson23   Jan-21-09 10:33 AM   #3 
  - For eight years, the criminal Bush Junta couldn't make a simple phone call.  The Stranger   Jan-21-09 10:45 AM   #4 
  - What could have been...  Scurrilous   Jan-21-09 10:46 AM   #5 
  - Seems like a shot across the bow to me.  bemildred   Jan-21-09 10:48 AM   #6 
  - Certainly to Hamas it is  HardcoreProgressive   Jan-21-09 11:02 AM   #8 
     - To the rejectionists of all sides, it is.  bemildred   Jan-21-09 11:09 AM   #9 
     - You are positive projections are good but its a road oft tried.  HardcoreProgressive   Jan-21-09 11:16 AM   #10 
        - Yes, I guess I should be pessimistic and give up.  bemildred   Jan-21-09 11:31 AM   #16 
           - Not at all, we all should be positive and hopeful  HardcoreProgressive   Jan-21-09 11:42 AM   #21 
              - Well, we disagree, I think we are the primary determinant of what will happen.  bemildred   Jan-21-09 11:45 AM   #22 
                 - If it were a rationale situation I would agree  HardcoreProgressive   Jan-21-09 11:54 AM   #23 
                    - It is always a rational situation. Being irrational won't serve you well. nt  bemildred   Jan-21-09 08:22 PM   #28 
     - According to John Mearsheimer, they were drafting a power sharing agreement.  The Stranger   Jan-21-09 11:21 AM   #13 
        - Hamas says it doesn't oppose co-op with PNA to redevelop Gaza  bemildred   Jan-21-09 11:36 AM   #18 
  - Obama, Clinton Signal Willingness to Help on Israel-Syria Talks  maddezmom   Jan-21-09 10:49 AM   #7 
  - A big "screw you" to Hamas...  WriteDown   Jan-21-09 11:17 AM   #11 
  - Hamas will surely be in the loop, ar least covertly,  Ghost Dog   Jan-21-09 11:29 AM   #15 
     - No...  WriteDown   Jan-21-09 11:37 AM   #20 
     - One would hope, but  brensgrrl   Jan-21-09 08:17 PM   #27 
     - If George Mitchell is involved then yes,  Tripmann   Jan-22-09 04:56 AM   #29 
  - Get Jimmy Carter involved  NBachers   Jan-21-09 11:19 AM   #12 
  - Very good news. Palestine needs its own prosperous state and to have peace. n/t  antimatter98   Jan-21-09 11:22 AM   #14 
  - Obama begins day with moment of solitude, then business  Turborama   Jan-21-09 11:33 AM   #17 
  - This is about Obama's 1st day as president, not just the phone call. N/T  Turborama   Jan-21-09 11:36 AM   #19 
  - A bigger blow against Al Qaeda than Bush ever struck.  McCamy Taylor   Jan-21-09 12:03 PM   #24 
  - I appreciate the return to diplomacy and the support that Palestinians will get.  RCinBrooklyn   Jan-21-09 12:36 PM   #25 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Jan-21-09 07:22 PM   #26 

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