US envoy for Israeli-Palestinian talks resigns

Ambassador Martin Indyk resigns after efforts failed in forging an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

US envoy for Israeli-Palestinian talks resigns

World Bulletin / News Desk

The U.S.' chief negotiator for Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has resigned and is set to return to his regular job at the Brookings Institution, State Department officials said Friday.

Martin Indyk's resignation came after the U.S.-led efforts failed in resulting in an Israeli-Palestinian peace deal by the April 29 deadline.

The State Department, not preferring to use the word "resign," said in a statement that Indyk would return to his previous position as vice president and director of foreign policy at the Brookings Institution.

Indyk's resignation marks the second time a Middle East envoy of the Obama administration resigns. Former Senator George Mitchell had stepped down from the post in May 2011 after failing to keep the peace talks on track.

"Indyk will continue to work closely with Secretary Kerry on the Obama administration's efforts to help Israelis and Palestinians resolve their conflict," the statement said.

It is expected that that his deputy, Frank Lowenstein, will serve as the acting special envoy for the talks.

Ambassador Indyk had assumed the envoy position in July 2013, but the talks he was overseeing collapsed in March 2014 when Israel backed out of the negotiation table following the formation of a unity government in Palestine.

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