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    Next Middle East Quartet Meeting Slated for July in Amman – UN Envoy

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    UN Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the UN Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq said that next meeting of the Middle East Quartet will be held in Amman, Jordan, in July.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The next meeting of the Middle East Quartet will be held in Amman, Jordan, in July, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nikolay Mladenov told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    The Middle East Quartet, comprising Russia, the European Union, the United States and the United Nations, was established in 2002 to mediate the Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

    "We hope that in July the Quartet envoys will meet in Jordan. We are still working on the date. In Amman, with Jordanian officials on the highest level," Mladenov said.

    Earlier in the day, the envoys of the Middle East Quartet met in Moscow to discuss the prospects for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict settlement.

    Palestinians seek diplomatic recognition of their independent state on the territories of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, partially occupied by Israel, and the Gaza Strip. Israel has been building settlements on the occupied territories, despite objection from the United Nations.

    The latest round of nine-month Israeli-Palestinian talks was held through the mediation of the United States and ended unsuccessfully in spring 2014. The failure of the peace talks was followed by the surge of violence in the West Bank, Jerusalem, and especially in the Gaza Strip.

    In December 2014, a draft statehood resolution was submitted by Palestine to the United Nations Security Council but was subsequently vetoed by the United States and Australia.

    The State of Palestine is currently recognized by 135 of the 193 United Nations member states, including Russia.

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