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17 July 201711:30

Press release on Foreign Minister’s Special Representative for Middle East Settlement and Director of the Ministry’s Middle East and North Africa Department Sergey Vershinin’s visit to Israel and Palestine

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On July 13-15, Sergey Vershinin, the Foreign Minister’s Special Representative for Middle East Settlement and Director of the Ministry’s Middle East and North Africa Department, visited Israel and Palestine.

In Israel he met with the Prime Minister’s advisor, Yitzhak Molcho, Senior Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Israel Alon Ushpiz, and Orna Mizrahi, Deputy Chairman of the National Security Council.

In Palestine, Sergey Vershinin was received by President of Palestine Mahmoud Abbas. He also spoke to Head of the Palestinian Intelligence Service Majid Faraj.

The meetings focused on Palestinian-Israeli settlement.

In Jerusalem, Sergey Vershinin participated in a meeting of special representatives of the Middle East Quartet of international mediators (Russia, the United States, the EU, the UN), following which the parties issued the following message.

“On July 13, special representatives of the Middle East Quartet held a meeting in Jerusalem to discuss the current efforts to promote a Middle Eastern settlement, as well as escalation in the Gaza Stip.

The special representatives expressed serious concern over the deteriorating humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip and discussed current measures for crisis resolution.

The special representatives from Russia, the US, the EU and the UN agreed to meet again and to continue regular interaction with the Israelis and the Palestinians as well as with key regional players.

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