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Ariel Sharon & Palestinian PM Mahmoud Abbas Met


Meeting Between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas (Abu-Mazen).

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas (Abu-Mazen) met this evening at the Prime Ministers Office in Jerusalem. At the opening of the meeting, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon expressed his outrage at the Hamas terrorist attack earlier in Hebron.

Prime Minister Abbas expressed his regrets over the attack.

Also present at the meeting, which lasted approximately 3 hours, were the Chief of the Prime Ministers Bureau, Dov Weissglas, the Prime Ministers Military Secretary, Maj. Gen. Yoav Gallant, the Prime Ministers Foreign Policy Adviser, Shalom Tourgeman, and Media Adviser Arnon Perlman.

From the Palestinian side the meeting included Chairman of the Legislative Council, Ahmed Karia, and Minister of State Muhammad Dahlan. During the meeting, there was an exchange of opinions between the parties with regard to the manner in which to proceed. The parties agreed that a cessation of terrorism is a first and vital step to any progress, and the Palestinians promised to make a true and genuine effort to put a stop to terrorism.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Prime Minister Abbas agreed to meet again soon after Prime Minister Sharons return from the United States.

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