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Obama 'deeply committed' to Palestinian state

President Barack Obama has said on a visit to the West Bank that the US is "deeply committed" to creating a sovereign state of Palestine.

Speaking after talks with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, he said Israeli settlement activity was not "appropriate for peace".

At a joint news conference following their meeting, Mr Abbas said the two men had held "good and useful" talks in Ramallah.

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