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Abbas to meet Obama in Washington

Abbas to meet Obama in Washington
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More than a year after they last met in Washington, the US and Palestinian presidents are due to hold fresh talks in the White House today.

Observers say President Obama is expected to offer Mahmoud Abbas further US aid for Gaza.

This as Israel’s close ally tries to help contain the fallout from the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

The US president is under pressure to do more to get Israel to lift its blockade on the Gaza Strip and make it easier to get relief supplies through.

The Israeli government is struggling to deal with the international backlash to its botched operation against the flotilla, which left nine pro-Palestinian activists dead.

President Abbas, who called the raid a massacre, is backing the UN call for an international inquiry. The US, however, has been leaning more towards Israel’s insistence on its own inquiry, with a role for foreign experts or observers.

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