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Obama to meet with Olmert, Abbas

U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will meet Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Wednesday.

Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, is on a tour of Europe and the Middle East on what his advisers insist is a senatorial fact-finding tour; however, his campaign is also eager to build up his foreign policy credibility.

Two of his top foreign policy advisers, Susan Rice and Gregory Craig, fielded questions Monday from JTA and foreign media about his foreign policy outlook.

On the Israeli side, Obama will meet with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and President Shimon Peres. His Palestinian Authority meetings include President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad.

On Tuesday, he will meet in Jordan with King Abdullah II.

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