UN Chief to Arrive in Region to Take Part in Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

Ban to make stops in Jordan and West Bank this week prior to arriving in Jerusalem for meetings with Netanyahu, Peres.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is heading to the Middle East this week to support Israeli-Palestinian peace talks scheduled to resume Wednesday for the first time in nearly three years.

UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said Tuesday that the first stop for Ban, who is currently in Pakistan, will be Jordan, where officials said he will meet King Abdullah II on Thursday.

The secretary-general then visits Ramallah for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah before heading to Israel, del Buey said.

In Jerusalem, he said, Ban will meet President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Martin Indyk, the U.S. mediator in the peace talks.

The United Nations is part of the Quartet of Mideast peace mediators along with the U.S., European Union and Russia.