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April 21, 2021

Obama: US backs independent Palestinian state

President Barack Obama has said the US is “deeply committed” to the creation of an “independent, sovereign state of Palestine”.“Put simply, Palestinians deserve a state of their own,” he said at news conference after talks with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, according to BBC. Mr Abbas said the two men had held “good and useful” talks in Ramallah.“The Palestinian people deserve an end to occupation and the daily indignities that come with it,” Obama said at a news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, according to CNN. “Palestinians deserve a future of hope,” he said. “Palestinians deserve a state of their own.”Obama said he and Abbas discussed, among other things, settlements and issue of Palestinian prisoners. He reiterated that “we cannot give up on the search for peace.” He called for shunning the old habits, arguments and formulas that have stymied the peace process and envisioned “two nations, two neighbors at peace, Israel and Palestine.” However, Palestinian expectations of Mr Obama’s visit have been low, analysts say, auoted by BBC.On his first visit to Israel as US president on Wednesday, Mr Obama vowed strong support for the country.At talks on Wednesday, the US leader and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reaffirmed their commitment to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict. Speaking in Jerusalem, Mr Obama said a central element of securing a lasting peace in the Middle East “must be a strong and secure Jewish state where its security concerns are met, alongside a sovereign and independent Palestinian state”.Two rockets were fired from Gaza into southern Israel on Thursday morning, Israeli officials say, but there were no reports of anyone being hurt. A further two rockets fired from Gaza reportedly fell inside Gaza itself.Mr Abbas condemned “violence against civilians, whatever its source, including the firing of rockets”, according to a Palestinian spokesperson.

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