George Mitchell
Special Envoy for Middle East Peace
January 28, 2009

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As the Prime Minister and I discussed, of critical importance is consolidating the cease-fire, including a cessation of hostilities, an end to smuggling and the re-openings of the crossings based on the 2005 agreement. President Obama has said that the United States is committed to Israel's security and to its right to defend itself against legitimate threats. The President has also said that the United States will sustain an active commitment towards reaching the goal of two states living side by side in peace and security. I look forward to my continued consultations with leaders in the region, and in Europe, and will be reporting my findings and conclusions to President Obama and to Secretary of State Clinton, upon my return to the United States. Thank you very much.