Clinton ready to attend Mideast Quartet meeting
US: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is ready to go to Moscow
for an upcoming meeting of the Middle East Quartet in a bid to encourage
Israeli-Palestinian talks, her spokesman said Tuesday.
“If everyone is agreeable, the secretary will be there,” State
Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters.
A UN spokesman earlier told AFP that UN chief Ban Ki-moon will take
part in the meeting of the Quartet the European Union, the United
States, Russia and the United Nations on March 19.
Crowley voiced hope that Israel and the Palestinians would soon
resume negotiations a key US diplomatic priority that eluded President
Barack Obama’s administration in his first year in office.
“We think we are at a point in time when there is some reason to
believe that the parties are getting closer to the kind of discussions
that we think will lead to resolving the complex issues that they face,”
“In any negotiation that might take place, we will need strong
regional support and we will need strong international support.”
WASHINGTON, Wednesday, AFP