| GEO World|
| Obama to meet Abbas as Gaza fallout mounts|
| Updated at: 1113 PST, Tuesday, June 08, 2010|
WASHINGTON: Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will ask President Barack Obama Wednesday for "bold decisions" on the Middle East but US-led peace moves face a torrid climate after Israel's Gaza flotilla raid.
Obama will welcome Abbas to the White House seeking to ensure regional fury over the May 31 Israeli commando strike does not doom indirect Israel-Palestinian talks that took months for Washington to organize.
He will also discuss American efforts to break through a "status-quo" on the blockaded Gaza Strip, which his administration describes as "untenable" following the deadly Israeli maritime raid, which killed nine Turks.
"The president looks forward to receiving President Abbas to review progress in the proximity talks and discuss our common efforts to achieve Middle East peace," said Tommy Vietor, a White House spokesman. Obama also wants to "reinforce our strong support for the Palestinian Authority and its state-building effort, and review ideas for a long-term strategy towards Gaza."