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September 27, 2013 6:00 am

Obama Presses Abbas on Final Status Issues

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President Barack Obama meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office in 2009. Photo: White House.

JTA – President Obama urged Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to advance to final status issues in his peace talks with Israel.

“He encouraged President Abbas, as he has [Israeli] Prime Minister [Benjamin] Netanyahu, to move quickly in those discussions so that the two sides are addressing the final status issues of security and borders, and refugees, and Jerusalem,” a senior administration official said in a briefing transcript released by the White House after the leaders met Tuesday in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.

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