WASHINGTON, May 27 (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet with US President Barack Obama in Washington on June 9, the White House announced on Thursday.
Abbas' session with Obama is to follow by one week a meeting the US president is having next Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The meetings with Obama will be the first for the Middle Eastern leaders since the start of indirect peace talks that began last month, with US special envoy George Mitchell mediating between the parties.
A White House statement said Obama would review with Abbas the progress in the indirect talks and how Washington can work with the parties to move to direct talks.
They will also discuss our continuing effort to work cooperatively to develop the institutions that can advance the aspirations of the Palestinian people, and support the establishment of a Palestinian state, the statement said.
Getting the two sides to revive negotiations, after an 18-month break, marked Obama's most tangible Middle East achievement since he took office last year. But expectations remain low for any kind of breakthrough.