Susanna Terstal European Union's New Special Middle East Representative

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Susanna Terstal European Union's New Special Middle East Representative

The tasks of the Special Representative are to contribute to actions and initiatives leading to a final settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict based on a two-state solution. She will facilitate and maintain close contacts with all parties to the peace process, political actors, other countries, as well as the UN and other international organizations, in order to work with them on strengthening the peace process.

Susanna Terstal was Ambassador of the Netherlands to Iran. She has also been the Dutch Ambassador to Angola. She joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands in 1994. She held a number of positions in the ministry's legal department and was deputy Permanent Representative in Geneva. She studied in the Netherlands, the United States and Italy.

European Union's New Special Middle East Representative to Work From Brussels, Not Israel

New envoy is Susanna Terstal, the Netherlands' former ambassador to Iran. Terstal's predecessor in the role worked from Israel, but she is slated to work from EU headquarters

The European Union's designated candidate for the role of special envoy to the Middle East, Susanna Terstal, is slated to work from the EU's headquarters in Brussels and not from Israel, like her predecessor.

Terstal, the Netherlands' former ambassador to Iran, will likely replace Fernando Gentilini, who has recently moved to the management of the Middle East and North Africa regions in the European Union's foreign policy service.

Susanna Terstal, the European Union's designated candidate for the position of Middle East special representative. Susanna Terstal

The EU has announced recently that it will reexamine its involvement in the promotion of the two-state solution. The organization's conclusions will be shared toward the end of August with the EU's foreign ministers.

According to the statement, which was published by EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini's spokeswoman, the process to reexamine the approach will be led by Gentilini and Christian Danielson, a senior European Commission official, both of whom recently met with Israeli and Palestinian representatives.

Ms Terstal will take up her duties immediately and has initially been appointed until 29 February 2020.

المصدر : Shehab