WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday said that the United States is ready to seek a lasting peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, adding that direct talks are the "only path to lasting peace" in the Middle East.
|U.S. President Barack Obama (C) delivers a statement to the press after meeting|
with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President
Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Jordan King Abdullah II, in
the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington D.C., capital of the United
States, Sept. 1, 2010. (Xinhua/Zhang Jun)
The president made the remarks as he was delivering a statement to the press in Rose Garden, which borders the Oval Office and the West Wing of the White House.
The U.S. government will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for direct negotiations starting on Sept. 2, the first direct talks between the two sides in about 20 months.
Since he took office in early 2009, Obama has made the Middle East peace process one of his top diplomatic priorities, as his administration believes solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict concerns the national interests of the United States.