Obama, Mubarak Discuss Middle East Peace

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Middle East peace talks topped the agenda at Tuesday's White House meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

President Barack Obama said he hopes Egypt will help to jump start the stalled negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

He added that he's encouraged by the progress so far.

"The Israeli government has taken discussions with us very seriously," Obama said.  "[I'm] encouraged by some of the things I am seeing on the ground."

Monday, Mubarak met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. They compared notes on their efforts to re-start peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

CBN News asked the commission's Dwight Bashir about Egypt's treatment of minority faiths. Click play to watch the interview. 

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Other items discussed at the meeting between the two included Iran's pursuit of nuclear weapons and trying to improve the situation in Darfur, Sudan.    

Meanwhile, American-Egyptian Christians plan to hold protests outside the White House Tuesday. They are angry about the persecution of Coptic Christians in their homeland.
   
A U.S. commission is calling on Obama to press Mubarak to do more to protect the rights of religious minorities in Egypt.      
    
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom reported to Congress about religious rights abuses around the world.  

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