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Obama phones Palestinian president on peace effort
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Edited on Wed Jan-21-09 11:29 AM by maddezmom
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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