Barack+Obama+Meets+Palestinian+President+Mahmoud+LUNwA2KsK6dlU.S. President Barack Obama will meet Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas on March 17, AFP reported on Thursday, stepping up Washington’s efforts to convince the PA leader to embrace a peace deal with Israel. The meeting will come two weeks after Obama’s planned encounter with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, which will also take place at the White House. “The President looks forward to reviewing with President Abbas the progress in the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement quoted by AFP. “They will also discuss our continuing effort to work cooperatively to strengthen the institutions that can support the establishment of a Palestinian state,” he added. More