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WH to focus on 'other issues' besides peace with Mid East leaders at UN: report

Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel, speaks during the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.
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Peace conversations 'will be mostly separate from the United Nations meetings' one WH official said

US President Donald Trump reportedly will not focus on peace negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis during his upcoming meetings with leaders from both sides on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly next week, the Times of Israel reported Saturday.   

“Achieving peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians remains one of the president’s highest priorities," a senior White House official told The Times of Israel, "but the United Nations meetings will primarily focus on other issues and serve as check-in opportunities.”

“Jared Kushner, Jason Greenblatt and Dina Powell just came off of a very productive trip to the region and those peace conversations are continuing at a steady pace and will be mostly separate from the United Nations meetings,” the source said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reprise one of his favorite topics from past speeches to the United Nations General Assembly when he addresses the annual gathering again on Tuesday: Iran. 

The Israeli leader -- who in 2012 famously brandished a diagram showing how close the Islamic Republic was getting to nuclear weapons capability -- is set to warn at the meeting of world leaders that Israel will not tolerate Iran entrenching militarily in southern Syria. 

Netanyahu told reporters at his New York hotel on Friday evening that “the central message [of the UNGA speech] will be that Israel will not tolerate an Iranian military presence on our northern borders, which endangers not just us, but also our Arab neighbors,” the Times of Israel reported. 

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