Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Bush says hopes to strengthen Abbas

US president tells Olmert in Washington he is looking to bolster Palestinian president and his new government against Hamas; Israeli PM says he’s open to conciliatory moves toward Abbas

"......“Our hope is that President Abbas and Prime Minister Fayyad will be strengthened to the point where they can lead the Palestinians in a different direction,” Bush said at the start of a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert......

“We share a common vision of two states living side by side in peace,” Bush said, promoting what he called a “common strategy to fight off” extremists in Gaza......"

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