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Tuesday, April 21, 2009; 1:01 PM

SPEAKERS: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

KING ABDULLAH OF JORDAN

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QUESTION: ... when do you expect that actually to happen? And how does the Arab peace initiative feature (OFF-MIKE)

OBAMA: Well, first of all, we have gone out of our way to compliment the efforts of those Arab states that were involved in formulating the Arab peace initiative as a very constructive step.

And, obviously, King Abdullah has taken great steps to ensure that that sustains itself in terms of Arab support, even while we have seen a breakdown in negotiations. That's a significant achievement for which King Abdullah and others deserve credit.


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