Clinton-Netanyahu Meeting Fails To Unblock Stalled Middle East Peace Negotiations

November 12th, 2010 - 7:26 pm ICT by GD  

By Gina Gomez
hilaryNew York, Nov 12, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a lengthy meeting with United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday but the talks between the two leaders failed to bring an end to an impasse that has been hindering Middle East peace negotiations. Following the meetings that took place for several hours, the two leaders issued a joint statement but it did not shed any light in the issue of Jewish settlements which has proved to be a major hindrance to forge the peace negotiations between Palestine and Israel.

The joint that was released said that the Israeli Prime Minister and the U.S. Secretary of State were involved in ‘ friendly and productive exchange of views on both sides while adding that both the nations agreed on the growing “importance of continuing direct negotiations to achieve our goals.” However, one of the most important highlights of the talks between the two leaders was the assurance that was given to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by the U.S. Secretary of State that the security needs of the Israel would be “fully taken into account” by the United States in case of any peace deals that might be signed with Palestine in the near future.

Meanwhile, ahead of the meeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the country is quite serious about reaching a peace deal with Palestine while also expressing his hope to expand the initiative so that other Arab countries can be brought under its purview. Moreover, the Israeli leader also said that he had been discussing the matter ‘quite intensively’ with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the last few weeks.

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