Secretary of State John Kerry announced today that Ambassador Martin Indyk, the U.S. Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations, will be returning to his position as Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy at The Brookings Institution.
Ambassador Indyk will continue to work closely with Secretary Kerry on the Obama Administration's efforts to help Israelis and Palestinians resolve their conflict. The Secretary expressed deep appreciation to Ambassador Indyk and his team for their untiring efforts to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace, and emphasized the Administration's commitment to continue the effort to achieve a lasting resolution. Deputy Special Envoy Frank Lowenstein will now serve as the Acting Special Envoy for Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations.
“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," Secretary Kerry noted. "Martin's simply invaluable, a terrific partner and friend, and he played a vital role in the progress that was made in the negotiations. He'll continue to work for peace, and as we've all said many times, the United States remains committed not just to the cause of peace, but to resuming the process when the parties find a path back to serious negotiations. I am very grateful to Martin for his indefatigable efforts and creativity, and I look forward to continue working closely with him."