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Obama says Israel-Palestinian two-state solution 'vital' for peace
May 14, 2015 / 10:42 PM / in 2 years

Obama says Israel-Palestinian two-state solution 'vital' for peace

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at an event recognizing emerging global entrepreneurs at the White House in Washington May 11, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he continues to believe a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians was “absolutely vital” for achieving Middle East peace.

Obama said he believed the two-state option was also the best for the long-term security of Israel. He acknowledged the prospect of a peace accord “seems distant now,” noting that a number of members of the new Israeli government did not share the view that a two-state solution was viable.

Reporting by Doina Chicau; Editing by Eric Beech

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