(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s media adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met this afternoon (Wednesday), 25.7.07, with an Arab League delegation composed of Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdelelah Al-Khatib, who have arrived in Israel in order to present the Arab peace initiative.

The meeting was held in a good atmosphere.  The visiting foreign ministers said they also believe that the way to achieve peace in the Middle East is through direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Olmert discussed steps that Israel and the Palestinians intend to take soon in order to advance the diplomatic process.

The Egyptian and Jordanian foreign ministers intend to brief their Arab League colleagues soon on the results of their talks in Israel and to continue aiding the diplomatic process in the Middle East.