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Obama meets Netanyahu at White House

US President Barack Obama met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at White House to discuss a series of bilateral and multilateral issues including the Middle-East Peace process and Iran.

world Updated: Nov 10, 2009 08:35 IST

US President Barack Obama met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at White House to discuss a series of bilateral and multilateral issues including the Middle-East Peace process and Iran.

"The President and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed a number of issues in the US-Israel bilateral relationship," the White House said in a statement after the meeting.

Obama reaffirmed the US' strong commitment to Israel's security, and discussed security cooperation on a range of issues.

"The President and Prime Minister also discussed Iran and how to move forward on Middle East peace," the White House statement said.

Earlier, the White House spokesman Robert Gibbs had said that Obama was looking forward to sit down with the Prime Minister and continue to work together to address issues like Middle-East peace and the threat that's posed by Iran.

The State Department said the US remains committed to its goal of long-term peace in the region.

"We remain committed to our goal, which is the re-launch of negotiations between the sides and try and create the kind of atmosphere where these negotiations can succeed as soon as possible," Kelly told reporters.

"As far as Senator Mitchell's immediate plans, I'm not sure that he has plans in the very near term to return to the region. But of course, he'll be ready to do so if that can be helpful," Kelly said in response to a question.