Obama, Mubarak Discuss Mideast Peace

Copyright 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009; 2:41 PM

Updated 2:34 p.m. By Anne E. Kornblut Eager to help the Middle East "move away from a status quo" that he said is not working for either side, President Obama described his meetings with Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday as fruitful and expressed confidence that a breakthrough in the stalled peace process is on the horizon. "There has been movement in the right direction," Obama said. "If all sides are willing to move off of the rut that we're in currently, then I think there is an extraordinary opportunity to make real progress. But we're not there yet." Mubarak, in a joint press availability with Obama, conveyed his willingness to help jumpstart the process. "We are trying and working on this goal, to bring the two parties to sit together and to get something from the Israeli party and to get something from the Palestinian party. If we, perhaps,

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