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Obama pledges to tackle Mideast issue after inauguration


Source: | 01-12-2009 09:15

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US President-elect Barack Obama pledged on Sunday that he'll tackle hot-button issues in the Mideast as soon as he's inaugurated on January 20th.

Obama says he's "deeply concerned" about the situation in Gaza.

In this photograph provided by ABC News, President-elect Barack Obama is interviewed by George Stephanopoulos during the taping of 'This Week with George Stephanopoulos' Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 at the Newseum in Washington. (AP Photo/This Week, Lauren Victoria Burke)
In this photograph provided by ABC News,
President-elect Barack Obama is interviewed
by George Stephanopoulos  during the taping
of 'This Week with George Stephanopoulos'
Saturday, Jan. 10, 2009 at the Newseum in
(AP Photo/This Week, Lauren Victoria Burke)

Barack Obama, US President-elect, said, "I have said - and I think I said this a couple of days back, that when you see civilians, whether Palestinian or Israeli, harmed, under hardship, it's heartbreaking. And obviously what that does is it makes me much more determined to try to break a deadlock that has gone on for decades."

Obama also says he's putting together a team to concentrate on the Mideast peace process.

The team will try to create a strategic approach to ensure both Israelis and Palestinians can meet their aspirations for peace. But he says it would be imprudent of him to lay out any direction for US foreign policy until he's inaugurated.


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