Barack Obama Meets with Palestinian President

July 23, 2008

(AP) - An aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says Barack Obama has promised to be a constructive partner in the Mideast peace process should he become president.

Saeb Erekat added that Obama told Abbas in their hour-long meeting in the West Bank that he "would not waste a minute" if elected president in November.

Obama left the meeting without talking to reporters. He returned to Jerusalem for more talks with Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.

Earlier, Obama toured a Holocaust memorial and placed a wreath in memory of the 6 million Jews who died.

He also had talks with Israel's defense minister Ehud Barak and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The opposition leader says Obama assured him he'd never seek in any way to compromise Israel's security.

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