Washington: US President Barack Obama has called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and the two leaders agreed on the necessity of the two-state solution, the White House said.
   
"The two leaders agreed on the necessity of the two-state solution, and President Obama noted that Jordan's efforts to foster direct discussions between Israel and the Palestinians are an important contribution to the cause of peace," the White House said in a statement.
   
Obama and Abbas on Monday also discussed the ongoing need to build trust between the parties and for all sides to refrain from provocative actions that make it more difficult to build such trust.
   
During the talks, Obama reaffirmed United State's commitment to Middle East Peace and to the overall objectives outlined by the Quartet.
   
Obama noted the positive efforts by King Abdullah of Jordan and his Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh to advance dialogue between the parties, it said.
   
"The President also noted the need for all parties to reinforce the efforts that have brought an end to the recent fighting and thanked President Abbas for his contributions in that regard," the White House said.

(Agencies)