Ashton welcomes Middle East Quartet progress

04.01.2012 - 11:47

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Catherine Ashton welcomed the meeting of negotiators of Israel and the Palestinian authority with Quartet Envoys and Quartet Representative Tony Blair on 3 January in Amman, at the invitation of the Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Ashton expressed deep appreciation to his Majesty the King Abdullah II of Jordan and Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh for facilitating the meeting in the framework of the Quartet statement of 23 September.

The High Representative encouraged Israel and the Palestinian authority to build on the promising first meeting and continue to work toward a just, lasting and comprehensive peace in the Middle East. “The EU remains fully committed to do all it can to contribute to the resolution of the conflict," Ashton said.