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Rice, U.S. delegation meet with Israeli officials in Jerusalem

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May 8, 2014 | 2:52 pm

<em>National Security Adviser Susan Rice meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) in Ramallah on May 8. Photo by Mohamad Torokman/Reuters</em>

National Security Adviser Susan Rice meets Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (not pictured) in Ramallah on May 8. Photo by Mohamad Torokman/Reuters

U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice and a delegation of U.S. officials met with senior Israeli officials in Jerusalem to discuss bilateral and regional security issues.

The meeting Thursday was part of the regular U.S.-Israel Consultative Group meetings.

The U.S. delegation reaffirmed its “commitment to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” according to a White House statement.  The U.S. delegation also briefed the Israelis on the current diplomatic efforts of the world powers and the European Union to reach a solution to rein in Iran’s nuclear program.

“The delegations held thorough consultations on all aspects of the challenge posed by Iran, and pledged to continue the unprecedented coordination between the United States and Israel as the negotiations continue,” according to the statement.

“On other critical regional and bilateral issues, the delegations shared views candidly and intensively, in the spirit of the extraordinary and unprecedented security cooperation between our two countries,” the White House statement said.

The U.S.-Israel Consultative Group “will continue to meet regularly in Washington and Jerusalem,” the statement concluded.

Rice held bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Shimon Peres and National Security Advisor Yossi Cohen the previous day.

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