On the final day of her two-stop visit to Moscow, Secretary Clinton met with with United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Quartet Special Representative Tony Blair. Following their talks, the Quartet released a joint statement reaffirming the fundamental principles laid down in Trieste on June 26, 2009, and welcoming the readiness to launch proximity talks between Israel and the Palestinians. The proximity talks are an important step toward the resumption, without pre-conditions, of direct bilateral negotiations that resolve all final status issues as previously agreed by the parties.
Secretary Clinton said, "The goal of the Quartet, like the goal of the United States Government, is to get the proximity talks re-launched. We do not think unilateral actions by either party are helpful and we have made that very clear. And we're hoping to be able to get those talks started because we think it's only through that effort that we can move on to direct negotiations, as the Secretary General made reference to as part of our Quartet statement."
Read the Secretary's remarks with members of the Quartet here.