WASHINGTON, March 11 (KUNA) -- President Barack Obama met with Arab American community leaders on Monday in advance of his trip to the Middle East.
"We are pleased to have shared with President Obama our recommendations for the vital message that he should convey to the Palestinian people," said a statement released by the groups that met with the President.
"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."
The meeting underscored the President's recognition of the importance of the Arab American community's contributions to discussions of policy in the region, the statement said.
"The United States, 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," it said.
"We thank President Obama for engaging Arab American leaders in this critical dialogue, and we look forward to using this meeting as a springboard for robust ongoing conversations on US policy in the Middle East," it said.
The statement was released by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, the American Federation of Ramallah Palestine, the American Task Force for Palestine and the Arab American Institute.