FM Tzipi Livni met with Tony Blair on his first visit to the region as special envoy of the Quartet.

 FM Livni meets with Quartet Envoy Tony Blair

 

Photo: Olivier Fitoussi, Flash 90

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni met on Monday (July 23) in Jerusalem with Tony Blair on his first visit to the region as special envoy of the international Middle East Quartet. She said, "We attach great importance to your mission. This is a critical point in time with an opportunity for change. The path to a Palestinian state must entail a Palestinian war against terror and the building of a firm foundation for a responsible state controlled by a government that accepts the conditions of the international community – a government that can exert control over its territory and prevent it from posing a threat to Israel."

FM Livni added, "This is in the interest of the entire region and of all moderates who are faced with the threat of extremism, which assumes different forms in different places." She emphasized that while adhering to the distinction between moderates and extremists, the international community must display determination vis-à-vis Hamas and not accord it legitimacy, whether directly or indirectly, so long as it does not uphold the pre-conditions set by the international community.