(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert last night (Tue.), 14 August 2007, with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi. The two discussed developments in Lebanon, during which Prime Minister Olmert commended the work of Italian UNIFIL commander, Major General Claudio Graziano.

The Prime Minister briefed his Italian colleague on his conversations with Palestinian Authority Chairman Abu Mazen, specifically regarding their recent talks during the recent meeting in Jericho.

The Italian Prime Minister remarked that his policy was, and remains, that no contacts should be made with Hamas so long as it does not fully meet the three principles laid down by the Quartet.

PM Prodi added that has been Italy’s position, which he presented during his visit, and there has been no change.