Obama Invites Middle East Leaders to DC

Netanyahu, Abbas will meet president—but maybe not each other
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2009 9:24 AM CDT
Obama Invites Middle East Leaders to DC
President Barack Obama meets with King Abdullah of Jordan in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Barack Obama has invited the leaders of Israel, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority for talks in Washington in a new bid for a Middle East peace agreement, reports the BBC. Obama extended the invitations after a meeting yesterday with Jordan’s King Abdullah, at which the president spoke of "profound cynicism" surrounding the peace process. There is no guarantee the Israeli and Palestinian leaders would meet directly. (Read more Israel stories.)

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