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The U.S. president, Barack Obama, invites the leaders of Israel, Palestinian territories and Egypt for a new round of negotiations on the peace process between Arabs and Israelis.
Although no specific date has been fixed for these negotiations, the White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, announced yesterday that the reunion will be held "in coming weeks."
Washington invited the new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas and Egypt President, Hosni Mubarak. Egypt was the first Arab country to officially recognized the Jewish state in the Camp David agreements of 1978.
This announcement came just a day after an inflammatory speech by the Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the UN conference on racism in Geneva. At a time when the new U.S. administration is trying to amend relations with Iran and establish a channel of communication missing since the rise of the ayatollahs to power in 1979, Ahmadinejad said Monday that "there is a totally racist government in occupied Palestine .
Obama said the anti-Semitic epithets used by the Iranian president "hurt Iran's position in the world." "It's the kind of rhetoric to which we have come," he said. Obama pledged in the election campaign to negotiate with Iran if deemed beneficial to the security and stability of his country: "When I said in the campaign and repeated after the elections seriously that we take our negotiations with Iran very seriously, I said it without illusions. "
While recognizing that these attacks from a man who has questioned the very existence of the Jewish Holocaust, damaging relations between Tehran and Washington, Obama expressed his willingness to continue trying to negotiate with Iran to slow the progress of its nuclear project.Read »