Palestine to Unesco: "frank and firm" conversation between Obama and Sarkozy

Palestine to Unesco: "frank and firm" conversation between Obama and Sarkozy

Cannes : France | Nov 13, 2011 at 11:26 PM PST
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U.S. President Barack Obama said he had a conversation "frank and firm" with his French counterpart Nicolas Sarkozy about France's support for membership of the Palestinians to Unesco.

Obama said he was disappointed by the decision of Paris on this issue, noting that Washington had, in consequence of the recognition of Palestine, suspended its payments to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and culture.

"I had a very frank conversation and closes with President Sarkozy about it," reported the American president during a press conference after the summit of Economic Cooperation Forum Asia Pacific in Hawaii .

Obama was asked about the revelation of a private exchange between Sarkozy and himself in which the U.S. president appeared critical of the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

While refusing to comment on a private conversation with his French counterpart, Mr. Obama explained that the exchange was related to the fact that France had voted on October 31 for the accession of the State of Palestine to the Unesco.

"The private conversation I had with President Sarkozy was related to my deep disappointment with the vote in France for the entry of Palestinians to Unesco, when she knew perfectly well that according to our laws that require us to stop our payments to UNESCO, "said Bush.

Obama reiterated that the full membership of the Palestinians with international organizations could not be done he said after a peace agreement with Israel.

An embarrassing Sarkozy-Obama exchange on November 3 on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Cannes was revealed last week by the French site Freeze Frame.

"I can not see, is a liar," was launched on French President, speaking of Mr. Netanyahu. "You're tired of it, but I have to deal with it every day!" Retorted his American counterpart.

Asked about that exchange, the White House sought Wednesday to reassure Israel by saying that Obama "has worked in close proximity with Prime Minister Netanyahu."

Mr Sarkozy has in turn sent a letter "personal" to Mr. Netanyahu, in which he promises to work for increased sanctions against Iran, said on Sunday the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.

The Elysee has confirmed the existence of a letter from Mr. Sarkozy to the head of the Israeli government, but the content of the letter was disclosed by either party.

According to a Hebrew translation of the letter, Sarkozy signed his correspondence ensuring Israel's Prime Minister for his friendship.

The Israeli government has refrained from commenting on the conversation Obama-Sarkozy.

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lalag is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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