On Tuesday, the third day of new peace talks between Palestinian and Israeli leaders, President Barack Obama had a phone chat (so retro!) with Palestinian Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in which he voiced his support for the two-state solution and urged both parties to refrain from stirring up discord as the delicate negotiations took place. –KA


The U.S. leader also urged both parties to “negotiate seriously and in good faith and to move from proximity talks to direct negotiations as soon as possible,” the White House said.

Obama expressed during the conversation his appreciation for Abbas’ recent outreach to the Israeli people by appearing on Israeli television, and urged Abbas do prevent any acts of incitement or de-legitimization of Israel from the Palestinian people.

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