Former prime minister Tony Blair has welcomed the announcement of an open-ended ceasefire in Gaza.
The Middle East peace envoy congratulated the Egyptian government on its successful negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian factions.
The Quartet will now concentrate on a long-term plan for Gaza and for its reconstruction, including the effective and efficient reopening and reconnection to the outside world under the authority of the Palestinian authority government.
Such a plan will enable a proper and decent life for the people of Gaza, as well as protect the security of the people of Israel.
It is only tragic that such a ceasefire has come too late to save the lives of so many innocent people.
A number of immediate steps have been agreed, while more complex issues will be addressed in further talks set to begin within a month.
After the success of the Ice Bucket Challenge, the people of Gaza are using rubble and dirt instead of cold water to highlight their plight.