MOSCOW, July 1. /TASS/. The "quartet" of international mediators (Russia, US, EU and UN) in the Middle Eastern settlement thinks that Egypt can play an important role in the Middle Eastern settlement, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
The meeting of "quartet" special representatives in Cairo on June 29-30 became "the first step in developing direct and regular cooperation with Arab countries," the foreign ministry said. During the meeting, representatives of Russia, US, EU and UN met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri, League of Arab States Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi and Egypt’s presidential advisor on national security Faiza Abunnaga.
"Issues of two-state decision of the Palestinian problem were in focus, along with creating conditions for resuming substantive negotiations process," the Russian Foreign Ministry said. "Special representatives of the ‘quartet’ noted Egypt’s key role in reaching long-term and fair Palestinian-Israeli settlement, stressing the importance of Arab peace initiative for a comprehensive solution of the problem," the ministry added.