Acting FM Ben-Ami’s Meetings in France

(Communicated by Foreign Ministry Spokesman)
October 30, 2000

Acting Foreign Minister Shlomo Ben-Ami met this evening with his French counterpart, Hubert Vedrin, at the French Foreign Ministry in Paris.

Minister Ben-Ami said: "Europe participated in the drafting of the Sharm understandings, and thus their violation is a challenge to Europe’s readiness to restore the spirit of negotiations to the region."

Ben-Ami added: "Israel does not intend to take unilateral steps. We only expect that the Sharm understandings be immediately implemented. One-sided steps taken by the Palestinians will obligate Israel to take defensive measures."

During an earlier meeting, the President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi informed Minister Ben-Ami that Europe will coordinate its positions with the United States.

Minister Ben-Ami met later on in the evening with Javier Solana, the EU’s High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy as well as with Josep Pique, the Spanish Foreign Minister.

 Acting FM Ben-Ami-s Meetings in France
 Acting FM Ben-Ami-s Meetings in France
Sharm el-Sheikh Summit – Oct 16-17, 2000