WH confirms: Obama to meet with Abbas in New York
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WH confirms: Obama to meet with Abbas in New York

Leaders will discuss recently relaunched peace talks

US President Barack Obama, left, listens to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting at the Muqata Presidential Compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, last March (photo credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/File)
US President Barack Obama, left, listens to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas during a meeting at the Muqata Presidential Compound in the West Bank city of Ramallah, last March (photo credit: AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais/File)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama plans to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly next week. The meeting will occur just days before Obama hosts Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House.

Obama’s deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, said the subject of Tuesday’s meeting with Abbas will be recently relaunched peace talks between the Palestinians and the Israelis. Netanyahu will be at the White House on Sept. 30. In recent weeks, Secretary of State John Kerry has also met with both leaders.

Rhodes said Obama on Tuesday will meet with Lebanese President Michel Suleiman, with whom he will discuss the influx of refugees to Lebanon from the Syrian civil war. He said Obama will meet Monday with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.

Speaking to the possibility that Obama will meet with newly-elected Iranian President Hasan Rouhani in New York, Rhodes reiterated that there was no one-on-one scheduled between the two leaders.

Rouhani’s recent comments regarding Iran’s nuclear program and rapprochement with the West were not enough, according to the official.

“We’re gonna make judgments based on the actions of the Iranian government, not just their words,” Rhodes said.

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