Obama meets with peace negotiators

President Obama is meeting with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators ahead of Tuesday's peace talks, a White House official told The Hill. 

Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and lead Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat arrived in Washington Monday evening to resume talks that have been frozen since 2010.

“The most difficult work of these negotiations is ahead, and I am hopeful that both the Israelis and Palestinians will approach these talks in good faith and with sustained focus and determination,” Obama said Monday. “The United States stands ready to support them throughout these negotiations, with the goal of achieving two states, living side by side in peace and security.”

Secretary of State John Kerry and the two lead negotiators are expected to deliver remarks at 11 a.m.

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Kerry announced Monday that Martin Indyk, President Clinton's ambassador to Israel, had been tapped as the U.S. point person for the negotiations. He hosted Livni and Erekat for dinner at the State Department ahead of talks Tuesday that will open a nine-month window during which both sides have agreed to negotiate.

The president has made progress toward a two-state solution a key priority of his second term and has much weighing on a successful outcome. He has dispatched Kerry to the region six times over the past six months. 

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