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Di Maio in Mideast visit to 'revitalise' Quartet

25 giugno 2021 | 22.36
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Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio will travel to Israel and the Palestinian territories "in late July" with Spanish counterpart Arancha Gonzalez Laya to "revitalise" the role of the Quartet, he said on Friday.

"Right now we need to kick-start negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians and this requires us to boost the role of the Quartet," Di Maio told a geopolitical conference centred on the Middle East.

The Middle East Quartet of international mediators comprises the US, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations.

In contrast with the "re-engagement" by US president Joe Biden's administration, EU "activism" in the region has reached "an historic low", Di Maio said.

Besides "reinvigorating" the international community's role, Di Maio and Gonzalez Laya's visit will seek to strengthen that of the EU in the peace process, Di Maio underlined.

"If we manage to re-generate the role of Quartet and the unity of its members, we will be able to build a new pathway not just between Israelis and Palestinians but also in the Mediterranean," he said.

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