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Kerry announces Martin Indyk appointment as US envoy for ME peace talks

WASHINGTON, July 30 — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Monday announced the appointment of former U.S. ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk as Washington’s envoy for the Middle East peace talks between Israeli and Palestinian representatives.

The talks are resuming after a hiatus of three years in Washington Monday evening. Speaking at the State Department, Kerry praised the seasoned diplomat, expressing confidence that that with his long experience Indyk would work productively as U.S. special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

The top American diplomat, who has been leading a shuttle diplomacy on the revival of negotiations, saw a new path toward “reasonable compromise” emerging,and said that Indyk is “realistic” about the difficulties facing the Israelis and Palestinians and U.S. negotiators.

Indyk, 62, appreciated the Obama Administration’s noble endeavor to push the Middle East peace process and resolve the intractable dispute. The former diplomat, who has been associated with Brookings Institution, said peace is possible in the Middle East. (PNA/APP)

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