(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Office)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met this morning (Thursday), 1 November 2007, with German Foreign Minister Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The two men discussed regional matters, including the Iranian issue and the Palestinian Authority.

Prime Minister Olmert emphasized the importance of the expected meeting in Annapolis, which will be able to serve as a milestone and create the necessary support for the continuation and expansion of the existing process between Israel and the Palestinians. On the Iranian issue, the Prime Minister stressed the importance he ascribes to Germany’s strong support of the continued expansion of sanctions against Iran.