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Obama-Abbas Meeting Scheduled For Wednesday As U.N. Diplomatic Push Intensifies

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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 1: U.S. President Barack Obama (R) meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office of the White House September 1, 2010 in Washington, D.C. Obama will meet with Middle East leaders before the opening direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians scheduled to begin September 2, in the State Department. (Photo by Ron Sachs-Pool/Getty Images) | Getty File

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (mahk-MOOD' ah-BAHS') on Wednesday as the push to head off a Mideast diplomatic clash at the United Nations intensified.

The White House announced the late addition to Obama's schedule on Tuesday night.

Abbas is pressing ahead with a campaign for statehood at the U.N. despite intense U.S. efforts to forge a diplomatic solution that would avoid a vote in the U.N. Security Council. Obama's administration has pledged to veto such a move and is working to get Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH'-hoo) back into direct peace talks instead.

Obama is also meeting with Netanyahu on Wednesday after delivering his main address to the U.N. General Assembly.

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