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"It has taken many hours and many trips to make possible the resumption of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations," said US Secretary of State John Kerry as the negotiators were en route to Washington for two-day initial meetings after a three-year hiatus.
Reminding President Barack Obama's "historic trip to Israel and Ramallah" in March, Secretary Kerry announced the appointment of a "seasoned American diplomat," Ambassador Martin Indyk, as the US Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations. Mr. Indyk will "help the parties navigate the path to peace and avoid its many piftalls," said Mr. Kerry. Frank Lowenstein, former Senate Foreign Relations committee chief of staff and foreign policy advisor to Senator Kerry, will assist Mr. Indyk as his deputy and as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Kerry. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the Israeli delegation will be led by Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and the Palestinians' by chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.
Chosen for his "realistic approach", Mr. Indyk has a long experience about Israeli-Palestinian peace process, with two previous mandates as US Ambassador to Israel. Understanding "that Israeli-Palestinian peace will not come easily and will not happen overnight," Mr. Indyk welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas' "tough decisions required to come to the negotiating table." Mr. Indyk has started to work with their teams, "to achieve President Obama's vision of two states living side-by-side in peace and security."
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