He was a negotiator at several Arab-Israeli summits and is the author of The Search for al Qaeda.
He says the negotiator was sent to Qatar without clear instructions, and his communications to Quetta effectively went unanswered.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says timing of the request to be decided next week by the Arab League.
1590s, "businessman," from Latin negotiator "one who carries on business by wholesale," from negotiatus, past participle of negotiari (see negotiation). Meaning "one who carries on negotiations" is from c.1600.
"to communicate in search of mutual agreement," 1590s, back-formation from negotiation, or else from Latin negotiatus, past participle of negotiari. In the sense of "tackle successfully" (1862), it at first meant "to clear on horseback a hedge, fence, or other obstacle" and "originated in the hunting-field; those who hunt the fox like also to hunt jocular verbal novelties" [Gowers, 1965]. Related: Negotiated; negotiating.