Obama, Netanyahu will meet to 'discuss two-state solution'

Obama, Netanyahu will meet to 'discuss two-state solution'
The two allies will put aside their fraught relationship to discuss the Israel-Palestine conflict 'in the face of deeply troubling trends on the ground,' the White House said.
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19 September, 2016
The two allies will meet on Wednesday despite a fraught relationship [Getty]
President Obama will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Wednesday to “discuss a two-state solution” for Palestine, the White House said.

The two leaders will have a meeting on Wednesday on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

It will give the allies an opportunity to talk over "the strong ties between the United States and Israel,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

“The meeting also will be an opportunity to discuss the need for genuine advancement of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in the face of deeply troubling trends on the ground," he added.

Obama and Netanyahu, who both took office in 2009, have clashed repeatedly over the Iran nuclear agreement and the president’s pursuit of peace in the Middle East.

The US has agreed to provide Israel $38 billion of military assistance over 10 years – the largest pledge of defence aid by any country in history.

Netanyahu "will personally thank President Obama for the military aid agreement signed last week," the Israeli leader's office said in a statement.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu will discuss with President Obama the challenges in the Middle East and the ways to advance progress in peace and security," it added. 
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Obama arrived in New York on Sunday for his final attendance at the UN General Assembly before he leaves office in January.

His schedule includes a number of meetings, including with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.

US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has her own schedule of meetings at the UN, including with the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

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