Ban Ki-moon to visit Israel, Palestinian territories
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan in a Middle East tour supporting the peace process, Ban said Wednesday.

"My visit comes at an important moment," the UN chief said at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Following the low-level talks taking place in Amman at Jordan's invitation, Ban said "I will be there to encourage both sides to re-engage in earnest and create a positive atmosphere for moving forward."

Ban's visit is scheduled for after the Quartet of Middle East mediators' deadline for Israel and the Palestinian Authority to present proposals regarding a borders and security.
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