n. The state or condition of having equally close relationships with multiple people or organizations, particularly as a negotiator working with adversarial groups.

Example Citations:
Detractors say in the last three assembly polls Rio beat Congress raising the Naga question, but failed to push Delhi for a solution. In 2003, he led NPF to victory. He had pledged to work for a solution to Naga insurgency and coined the term “equicloseness” to describe his relations with rebel factions.
—Oinam Sunil & Xavier Rutsa, “Narendra Modi apart, he’s the only other Chief Minister in Lok Sabha race,” The Economic Times of India, March 29, 2014

The traditional Italian line, upheld over time by leading politicians such as Enrico Mattei, Amintore Fanfani, Aldo Moro, Giulio Andreotti, Bettino Craxi, and Massimo D’Alema, was characterized by a decidedly pro-Arab and pro-Palestinian stance, albeit under the cover of the “equidistance” formula (recently reinterpreted by D’Alema as “equicloseness”).
—Roberto Aliboni et al., “Southern Europe and the Mediterraneona: National Approaches and Transatlantic Perspectives” (PDF), The German Marshall Fund of the United States, September 1, 2011

Earliest Citation:
Ljubisa Georgievski, the leader of {he largest Macedonian nationalist party (VMRO-DPNME), opposed the Prime Minister‘s principle of equidistance ; preferring “equicloseness” to the four neighbors as the cornerstone of foreign policy.
—Stefan Troebst, “Report on a visit to the Republic of Macedonia” (PDF), The Aspen Institute Deutschland, November 24, 1995

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