Palestinian and Israeli Negotiators Meet Tony Blair in Jordan for Peace Talks

Quartet Talks included Tony Blair in Amman, Jordan on 3rd January 2012

Palestinian and Israeli negotiators met with Tony Blair on 3rd January 2012 in Amman, Jordan, as part of Quartet talks aimed at restarting peace negotiations between the two parties.

Robert Serry, the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, was also present along with representative from the European Union, Russia and the United States. Yitzhak Molcho, an attorney and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s personal envoy, attended on behalf of Israel.

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon, and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Catherine Ashton, both praised King Abdullah II of Jordan and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh for facilitating the meeting.

Talks had been stalled since September 2010 after Israel continued settlement activity contrary to requests from their neighbours, prompting Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to cease negotiating directly with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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