UN chief to host meeting of key global players trying to end Israeli-Palestinian conflict

The U.N. says Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will host a ministerial meeting of key global players trying to end the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian conflict on Sept. 30 during the annual high-level session of the General Assembly.

U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Friday that in addition to foreign ministers from the Quartet of Mideast mediators — the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia — the secretary-general is inviting the Arab League secretary-general and the foreign ministers of Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia to join the meeting.

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been stalled since the United States failed to broker a peace agreement in early 2014. This has opened the possibly of a broader effort to tackle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which France has been promoting.