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US has created 'atmosphere' to restart Mideast talks: Obama

President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States had created the space and the atmosphere to restart Middle East peace talks.

world Updated: Jun 05, 2009 15:53 IST

President Barack Obama said on Friday the United States had created the space and the atmosphere to restart Middle East peace talks.

After talks in Germany following a landmark speech in Egypt on Thursday to the Muslim world, Obama also called on the key players in the region to make tough decisions, warning the United States could not make peace on its own.

He said that he was "very sympathetic" to political pressures faced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his demand to stop settlement expansion on the West Bank.

Obama also said that Arab states had to make "tough choices" on making concessions to Israel, and that Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas had made some progress "but not enough."