Obama meets Abbas at White House

US president Barack Obama and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas have met for meetings in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Obama told Abbas that he and Israeli leaders must take tough political decisions and wager risks for peace in the region.
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) in the Oval Office of the White House March 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama met with President Abbas to discuss the progress in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the establishment of a Palestinian state. (Getty Images)
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) in the Oval Office of the White House March 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama met with President Abbas to discuss the progress in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the establishment of a Palestinian state. (Getty Images)
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US Secretary of State John Kerry attends a meeting between US President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, March 17, 2014. Obama met with Abbas after telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an Oval Office meeting on March 3 that tough decisions are looming ahead of an end of April deadline to agree on a framework for future negotiations for peace talks. (AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) during a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House March 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama met with President Abbas to discuss the progress in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the establishment of a Palestinian state. (Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama listens to Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas as they hold meetings in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, March 17, 2014. Obama meets Abbas after telling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an Oval Office meeting on March 3 that tough decisions are looming ahead of an end of April deadline to agree on a framework for future negotiations for peace talks. (AFP/Getty Images)
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US President Barack Obama(R) and Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas hold meetings in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, March 17, 2014. President Obama on Monday told Palestinian leader Abbas both he and Israeli leaders must take tough political decisions and wager 'risks' for peace. (AFP/Getty Images)
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U.S. President Barack Obama (R) listens to an interpreter as he meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (L) in the Oval Office of the White House March 17, 2014 in Washington, DC. President Obama met with President Abbas to discuss the progress in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations and the establishment of a Palestinian state. (Getty Images)