CAIRO: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Friday appointed Frank Lowenstein as the acting special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, according to a U.S. State Department statement.
Lowenstein’s predecessor, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, announced his resignation after the failure of the latest peace negotiations between Israel and Palestine under U.S. mediation.
According to the statement, Indyk will return to his position as president and director of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution think tank.
“Ambassador Indyk has invested decades of his extraordinary career to the mission of helping Israelis and Palestinians achieve a lasting peace. It’s the cause of Martin’s career, and I’m grateful for the wisdom and insight he’s brought to our collective efforts,” Kerry said in the statement.
Indyk will continue to work closely with Kerry on the Obama administration’s efforts to help Israelis and Palestinians resolve their conflict, wrote Marie Harf, a deputy U.S. State Department spokeswoman on her Twitter account.
Indyk resigned over the failure of the peace negotiations after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suspended the talks on April 24 in protest of the unity government between Hamas and Fatah, Reuters reported.
Lowenstein, 47, previously served as a foreign policy adviser for Kerry and was on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.