New York

6 June 2013

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the appointment of a new Palestinian Prime Minister

The Secretary-General congratulates Mr. Rami Hamdallah on his appointment as Prime Minister of Palestine, and wishes him success in his critical work ahead. He welcomes the formation of the new Cabinet that was sworn in today. The United Nations looks forward to continuing to work with the Government of Palestine and President Abbas in support of the state-building agenda and ongoing efforts aimed at a resumption of crucial and meaningful peace negotiations to achieve the two-State solution. 
The Secretary-General reiterates his appreciation for the many contributions of the outgoing Prime Minister, Mr. Salam Fayyad, especially his commitment to readying Palestinian institutions for statehood.