The Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, expressed his hope that the quartet of mediators in the Middle East would meet again during the next “few weeks”.
“The truth is that we had no way of any form of peace negotiations. The Israelis and the Palestinians were not talking to each other,” Guterres said in an interview broadcast by The Washington Post on Wednesday.
He pointed out that “there is a strong will in the new US administration to play a positive role in creating the appropriate conditions for the resumption of a real peace process.”
He added, “I think it will now be possible to hold a meeting of the Quartet … I hope this will happen within the next few weeks.”
The acting US envoy to the United Nations said at the Security Council last week that President Joe Biden’s administration supports the two-state solution and will cancel several decisions made by the Donald Trump administration.
The Quartet, which includes the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations, has not met since September 2018.