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Obama, Netanyahu exude confidence about peace talks with Palestine

By Samyuktha

Washington, July 7 (ANI): President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have both expressed confidence that the Israeli leader will soon hold direct peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

"The bond between the United States and Israel is unbreakable," said Obama, seated in the Oval Office alongside Netanyahu following their meeting that lasted more than 90 minutes.

"We've seen over the last year how our relationship has broadened. In fact, our relationship is continuing to improve," Politico quoted Obama, as saying.

"In terms of my relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu, I know the press both in Israel and stateside enjoys seeing if there's news there, but the fact of the matter is, I've trusted Prime Minister Netanyahu since I met him before I was elected president," Obama said.

"The United States is committed to Israel's security. We are committed to that special bond and we're going to do what's required to back that up not just with words but with actions," he added.

Netanyahu said: "I think it's high time to begin direct talks. I think with the help of President Obama, President Abbas and myself should engage in direct talks to reach a political settlement of peace," Netanyahu said. "I think we have a unique opportunity and a unique time to do it."

Netanyahu spoke of bringing "the great message of hope" and thanked Obama for committing, privately and publicly, to Israel's security. (ANI)

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