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Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 1, 2007


Meeting of the Quartet

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will host a meeting of the Quartet on February 2, 2007, at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C. The meeting of Quartet principals -- Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, High Representative for European Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana, and European Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner -- will discuss recent developments in the Middle East since their last meeting on September 20, 2006, and, in particular, ways to energize international engagement in support of Israeli-Palestinian dialogue and progress in accordance with the Roadmap.

Media coverage of the opening of the meeting will be pooled. Following the meeting, the principals will participate in a joint press availability at approximately 1:15 p.m. in the Benjamin Franklin Room, open to all press on a first come basis.

Pick up time for all cameras: 11:45 a.m. from the 23rd Street entrance
Pick up time for all writers and still photographers: 12:45 p.m. from the 23rd Street entrance

Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification (driver's license, passport).

Press Contacts:
For more information, journalists may contact the Office of Press Relations, Bureau of Public Affairs, U.S. Department of State at (202) 647-2492.

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Released on February 1, 2007

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