Obama invites Mideast leaders to White House

Obama invites Mideast leaders to White House Washington - US President Barack Obama had invited the Egyptian, Israeli and Palestinian leaders to Washington in the weeks ahead for talks on resuming the peace process, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said.

Obama will hold separate meetings with Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Gibbs said. No dates have been set for the three visits, he said.

"With each of them, the president will discuss ways the United States can strengthen and deepen our partnerships with them, as well as the steps all parties must take to help achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab states," Gibbs said.

The announcement came after Obama wrapped up a meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah. Obama has identified progress in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a top priority for his administration. (dpa)

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