Middle East Quartet meeting to be held in Portugal

The Middle East Quartet is to hold a ministerial level meeting in Portugal on July 19, local media reported.

Middle East Quartet meeting to be held in Portugal
The Middle East Quartet is to hold a ministerial level meeting in Portugal on July 19, local media reported.

Portugal's Lusa news agency reported that U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and new Quartet envoy Tony Blair would attend the meeting.

The international diplomatic Quartet composed of the European Union, the United States, Russia and the United Nations had originally planned to hold the meeting in Egypt on June 26 and 27, but postponed the plan after Hamas seized power in the Gaza Strip.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas disbanded the Hamas-Fatah unity government last month, then formed an emergency government, which won pledges of financial support from major Western powers.

Israel and the new Palestinian government formally opened high-level contacts last month, a move marking an end to Israel's 15-month-long boycott of the Palestinian government.

Portugal also announced that Rice would pay an official visit to the country next week.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 13 Temmuz 2007, 11:10
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