U.S. official: Obama administration backs two-state solution of Gaza conflicts
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U.S. official: Obama supports two-state solution as the only way to solve Palestinian-Israeli conflicts.
"There is no official support for anything other than the two-state solution," Beecroft said.
The policy of the U.S. is a two-state solution: Israeli and Palestinian states (that live) side by side."

    AMMAN, Feb. 4 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Ambassador in Jordan Robert Beecroft reaffirmed Tuesday the two-state solution as the only way to solve Palestinian-Israeli conflicts, local daily The Jordan Times reported on Wednesday.

    Beecroft told a meeting of Jordanian press that as the previous administration, Obama supports the two-state solution, which should see a Palestinian and an Israeli state living side by side.

    He noted that there is no official American support for the three-state option mentioned by former U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton and other proposals such as putting the West Bank under Jordan's control and the Gaza Strip under Egypt's.

    "Bolton is not part of the government. He does not speak for the government. The position of the U.S. is very clear. The policy of the U.S. is a two-state solution: Israeli and Palestinian states (that live) side by side."

    "That is the end of the issue. There is no official support for anything other than the two-state solution," Beecroft said.

    The ambassador stressed that the new U.S. administration has given urgency to tackling the Arab-Israeli conflict on the basis of a two-state solution.

    This urgency might lead to the opening of a regional office for George Mitchell, the U.S. special envoy to the Middle East, who was dispatched to tour the region by U.S. President Barack Obama just a week after he took office, Beecroft speculated.

    Mitchell recently made a "listening" tour to the Middle East and Europe. He is expected to return to Mid-east before the end of this month in a bid to revive the stalled peace process.

U.S. envoy Mitchell to return to Mideast for peace effort

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that special envoy George Mitchell would be sent back soon to the Middle East in an effort to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    The envoy "will be returning to the region before the end of the month," Clinton told reporters after meeting with Mitchell, who just concluded on Monday his first trip to Egypt, Jordan, Israel, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia. Full story

Obama authorizes $20.3 mln in aid to Gaza

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- The United States will make an emergency contribution of 20.3 million U.S. dollars for humanitarian assistance in the Gaza Strip, the White House announced on Friday.

    "The Obama administration today announced an emergency contribution of more than 20 million dollars to relief efforts in Gaza as part of the Emergency Refugee and Migration Assistance Fund," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said. Full story

U.S. gives priority to Israel-Palestinian peace talks: Clinton

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said here on Tuesday that the United State is giving priority to peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians despite its serious concern over other issues in the region.

    "We are at this moment focused only on the Israel-Palestinian track," Clinton told her first press conference at the State Department when asked about any new plan for Syria under President Barack Obama's administration. Full story

Obama telephones Abbas, pledges to push Middle East peace

    GAZA, Jan. 21 (Xinhua) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas received on Wednesday evening a telephone call from new sworn-in U.S. President Barack Obama, an official in Ramallah said.

    Nabil Abu Rudeineh, the spokesman of Palestinian presidency said that President Obama telephoned President Abbas and vowed to push forward the Middle East peace process. Full story

Editor: Xiong Tong
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