The Secretary-General met today with H.E. Mr. Mahmoud Abbas, President of the State of Palestine. The Secretary-General reiterated his deep concern over the ongoing violence and the need for both sides to diffuse tensions.
The Secretary-General further underscored the need for making progress on Palestinian unity and for greater leadership on the Gaza reconstruction. They also discussed the Middle East Peace Process, including the role of the Quartet.
The Secretary-General reiterated that a political horizon must be restored without further delay for a resumption of peace negotiations towards a two-state solution.