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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Readout of the President's Call with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority

The President spoke today with President Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.  The President congratulated President Abbas on the start of Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks.  He reiterated his strong support for the establishment of an independent, viable Palestinian state living in peace and security with Israel.  The President and President Abbas discussed the need for both parties to negotiate seriously and in good faith, and to move from proximity talks to direct negotiations as soon as possible in order to reach an agreement on permanent status issues.  The President expressed appreciation for President’s Abbas recent outreach to the Israeli people by appearing on Israeli television, and urged that President Abbas do everything he can to prevent acts of incitement or delegitimization of Israel.  The President confirmed his intention to hold both sides accountable for actions that undermine trust during the talks.  He said he looks forward to receiving President Abbas at the White House soon.