- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 9, 2009


Obama supports Palestinian state

U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday strongly supported the objective of establishing a Palestinian state living in peace with Israel, adding in a speech to the Turkish parliament that he will work toward a solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

While the Palestinians welcomed the American president's statements, Israeli leaders said they “will not take orders” from Obama.


Muallem praises Obama speech

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem welcomed what President Barack Obama said in his speech to the Turkish parliament, telling As-Safir that Damascus is looking forward to see how the U.S. administration will deal with the right-wing Israeli government.

On the sidelines of the Alliance of Civilizations forum in Istanbul, Muallem said Obama's remarks on a comprehensive Middle East peace were “positive, but we need to see how the United States will deal with an Israeli government that rejects a two-state solution and international resolutions.”


Obama calls for nuke free world

In a speech in the Czech Republic on Sunday, U.S. President Barack Obama promised to lead efforts for a world “free of nuclear weapons,” outlining a strategy to limit atomic weapons in the coming years by reducing the arsenal, stopping nuclear tests and banning production for military purposes.

Obama sought to set an example by abandoning nuclear weapons in the hope of persuading Iran and North Korea to give up their controversial nuclear programs.


West condemns N. Korea launch

North Korea's missile test yesterday drew condemnations from the United States and its Western and Asian allies, while China and Russia expressed reservations and urged all sides to exercise self-restraint.

As Pyongyang announced launching a satellite in orbit, President Barack Obama said it was in fact a missile and described it as a “provocation.”


Assad meets U.S. congressmen

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's meeting yesterday with a two-member U.S. congressional delegation revolved around improving bilateral relations through serious and constructive dialogue based on mutual respect and interests.

The visiting delegation said in a statement at the end of their visit to Damascus that the talks with the president were candid and constructive, adding that despite differences, the two countries shared interests in the region and hoped to work toward their mutual goals.

c Compiled by Sana Abdallah of the Middle East Times

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