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Obama to meet Abbas two weeks after Netanyahu visit

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WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas will meet two weeks after Obama meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“The President looks forward to reviewing with President Abbas the progress in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations,” said a White House statement Thursday announcing the March 17 meeting. “They will also discuss our continuing effort to work cooperatively to strengthen the institutions that can support the establishment of a Palestinian state.”

Obama plans to meet Monday with Netanyahu. The meetings come ahead of plans by John Kerry, the U.S. secretary of state, to unveil a proposed framework for a permanent Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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