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White House Announces Dates for Meetings with Mideast Leaders

The White House has announced the dates for President Barack Obama's White House meetings with the leaders of Israeli, Egypt and the Palestinian Authority.

Spokesman Robert Gibbs says the president looks forward to welcoming key partners in the effort to achieve a comprehensive peace in the Middle East.

He says Mr. Obama will host Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on May 18, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on May 26, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on May 28.

The spokesman says the president will discuss ways the U.S. can strengthen and deepen its partnerships, and the steps all parties should take to help achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians and between Israel and the Arab states.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.