Jerusalem, 24 May 2001
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met yesterday (Wednesday), May 23, 2001, with Mauritanian Foreign Minister Dr. Dah Ould Abdi.
Prime Minister Sharon briefed Foreign Minister Abdi on the diplomatic situation and the dangers in the region. The Prime Minister presented his initiative for a cease-fire in order to advance the outlines of the Mitchell committee report and detailed the government’s policy regarding the cessation of violence and terrorism and the return to diplomatic negotiations.
Foreign Minister Abdi noted that his government had asked him to make his visit now, in the current circumstances, in order to show Mauritania’s commitment to the peace process as a strategic choice. He remarked that Mauritania was satisfied with Prime Minister Sharon’s call for a cease-fire and had so informed the Palestinians, telling them that negotiations and refraining from violence were the only ways to make peace.
Foreign Minister Abdi said that he would continue to vigorously work to advance the peace process and foster Israeli-Mauritanian relations.
Prime Minister Sharon noted that Israel and Mauritania have had diplomatic relations for six years and emphasized his desire to develop bilateral relations in all areas. The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the Mauritanian government’s assistance in defusing regional tension and advancing the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.
Prime Minister Sharon extended an invitation for Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Sid Ahmed Taya to visit Israel.