Obama Meets Arab American Leaders Ahead of Mideast Trip

WASHINGTON, March 12, 2013 (WAFA) – US President Barack Obama met Monday with leaders of the Arab American community in advance of his trip to the Middle East, according to a statement by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).

The community leaders shared with Obama “our recommendations and vital messages that he should convey to the Palestinian people,” said the statement.

“Today’s meeting was an important opportunity for Arab Americans to share our views, and continue to serve as a bridge between the US and the Arab World,” it added. “Our meeting underscored the President’s recognition of the importance of our community’s contributions to discussions of policy in the region.”

The statement said that the US, “through sustained, balanced, constructive engagement, can facilitate a peaceful, lasting resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict—a resolution that is essential to long term security in the Middle East.”

The group thanked Obama “for engaging Arab American leaders in this critical dialog, and we look forward to using this meeting as a springboard for robust ongoing conversations on US policy in the Middle East.”

In addition to the ADC leaders, the meeting included leaders from American Task Force for Palestine, American Federation of Ramallah Palestine and Arab American Institute.

Source: WAFA News