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Obama keeping tabs on Gaza

Nov. 20, 2012 at 8:01 AM
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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- The White House said President Barack Obama has spoken with both Israeli and Egyptian leaders about diffusing the situation in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.

The president, who is visiting Cambodia, called Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Monday night, Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters Phnom Penh.

He said Obama had a second conversation with the Egyptian president to discuss Egypt's constructive role in seeking to bring about a de-escalation that brings an end to rocket fire at Israeli cities.

"I think we all agree that the best way to solve this is through diplomacy so that you have a peaceful settlement that ends that rocket fire and allows for broader calm in the region," Carney said.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is traveling with the president, heads to the Middle East Tuesday to meet with regional leaders and consult on the situation in Gaza.

Clinton will travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah and Cairo to consult on Gaza, Carney said.

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