JERUSALEM, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a closed-door meeting with visiting U.S. President Barack Obama on Wednesday evening, during which they discussed Iranian nuclear program, the Syrian crisis and Mideast peace talks.
At a joint press conference with Obama after the meeting, Netanyahu reiterated that Israel has the right to defend itself, calling for tougher sanctions against Iran.
As for the stalled peace talks with Palestinians, Netanyahu said Israel remains committed to the two-state solution, adding that Obama's visit is an opportunity to move the peace process forward.
"Your visit has given us a way to try to advance peace between ourselves and the Palestinians... let us put aside all preconditions and work together to end the conflict," Netanyahu said.
The Israel-Palestinian peace talks have stalled since 2010 after the Israeli government refused to freeze the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
JERUSALEM, March 20 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Barack Obama said here Wednesday that he prefers to deal with the Iranian nuclear issue in a "diplomatic" manner, which is in the interests of Iran itself.
At a joint press conference after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the visiting U.S. president said that "all options remain on the table" and that he prefers a diplomatic solution. Full story