(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert held a long and friendly meeting this evening (Tuesday), 4 September 2007, with International Quartet Middle East representative Tony Blair. The meeting was held in a positive and constructive atmosphere.

The two men discussed at length the Palestinian issue and Mr. Blair’s mission to the Palestinian Authority. Mr. Blair presented a series of practical issues for progress between Israel and the PA in the fields of administration, the economy, security and the public sector. Prime Minister Olmert promised to give all necessary assistance to assure the success of Mr. Blair’s mission.

The two men agreed to be in continuous contact during Mr. Blair’s mission.