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Stop settlement: Obama tells Israel

world Updated: May 29, 2009 11:07 IST

Reiterating his resolve for a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict, US President Barack Obama called on Israel to halt building settlements in the occupied West Bank and also asked Palestine to reduce incitement of anti-Israeli sentiment among its people.

"I have been a strong believer in a two-state solution that would provide the Israelis and Palestinians the peace and security that they need," Obama told reporters after his meeting with the visiting Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, at the White House.

"It is our belief that the best way to achieve that is to create the conditions on the ground and set the stage for a Palestinian state as well," he said with Mahmoud sitting by his side at his Oval Office.

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had met the President, as part of Obama's endeavour to find a lasting solution to Israel-Palestine conflict in the region. He articulated all the stake holders have to play their role.

"On the Israeli side, those obligations include stopping settlements. They include making sure that there is a viable, substantial Palestinian state," he argued.