Obama wants to meet separately with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the coming weeks for consultations on the peace process, Robert Gibbs told reporters, according news agencies.
Reuters said the talks are expected to take place by early June. AFP said the visits are likely to take place before Obama is scheduled to visit
"With each of them the president will discuss ways the
After his inauguration on January 20, Obama and his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton named George Mitchell as the special envoy for Arab-Israeli peace, a move analysts said signals constant and focused high-level involvement.
Obama's predecessor George W. Bush largely left the peace process to his secretary of state, Condoleezza Rice, after they convened a conference in
The new administration earlier reaffirmed the commitment to the
OBAMA MEETS KING JORDAN
Obama held talks with
After meeting the Jordanian king, Obama said: "My hope would be that over the next several months ... you start seeing gestures of good faith on all sides.
"I don't want to get into the details of what those gestures might be, but I think that the parties in the region probably have a pretty good recognition of what intermediate steps could be taken as confidence-building measures," Obama was quoted as saying by the AFP.
The Jordanian King also vowed to work for
"We're at the State Department now to go over the priorities that Jordan and Arab countries will put in front of themselves of how to bring Israelis and Palestinians to the negotiating table and hopefully open a new chapter of peace and stability in the
She said she and the Jordanian king were in "total agreement" for a two-state solution.