Obama: US 'committed' to creating Palestinian state

President Barack Obama said the US remains "committed" to creating an independent Palestinian state as he addressed a joint news conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
President Barack Obama and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Credit: A/ABACA/Press Association Images

Obama said US Secretary of State John Kerry will spend "significant time and energy" trying to narrow Israeli-Palestinian differences.

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Obama turns tourist in Petra

US President Barack Obama took time out of his diplomatic trip of the Middle East to marvel at the ancient city of Petra. His 24-hour visit to Jordan marked the end of his four-day visit to the region.