Obama Invites Middle East Leaders to DC

Netanyahu, Abbas will meet president—but maybe not each other
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 22, 2009 9:24 AM CDT
President Barack Obama meets with King Abdullah of Jordan in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 21, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama has invited the leaders of Israel, Egypt, and the Palestinian Authority for talks in Washington in a new bid for a Middle East peace agreement, reports the BBC. Obama extended the invitations after a meeting yesterday with Jordan’s King Abdullah, at which the president spoke of "profound cynicism" surrounding the peace process. There is no guarantee the Israeli and Palestinian leaders would meet directly.