Russia Proposes Meeting of Mideast Peace Quartet

Given the 'extremely tense situation' in Israel, Moscow calls for Mideast peace mediators - Russia, US, EU and UN - to gather.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Middle East Quartet (archive)
Middle East Quartet (archive)

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry will meet in Vienna on Friday to discuss the Syrian conflict together with their counterparts from Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Moscow said Wednesday.

Russia's foreign ministry made the announcement after a phone call between Lavrov and Kerry and following the surprise visit by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to Moscow on Tuesday.

"The main focus was the situation in Syria in the context of preparations for the meeting between the (Russian) minister and Secretary of State in Vienna on October 23 where they will be joined by Saudi and Turkish foreign ministers," the ministry said in a statement.

Moscow also said that Lavrov proposed that a meeting of the "Quartet" of Middle East peace mediators - Russia, the United States, the European Union and United Nations - be held the same day, given the "extremely tense situation" in the Middle East.

Eight Israelis have been killed and scores more injured in three straight weeks of Arab terror attacks across the country. 

Violent Palestinian Arab protests have also erupted in eastern Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and Gaza. 

The terror attacks and unrest have raised fears of a third, full-scale Palestinian uprising, or intifada.

AFP contributed to this report. 

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