Jerusalem, 16 April 2001

PM Sharon meets with Jordanian Foreign Minister
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon held a working meeting today with the Jordanian Foreign Minister, Mr. Abed el-Ilah Khatib.

The Prime Minister stressed the importance of Jordan as a stabilizing force in the region and noted the importance of the relations between the two countries. In addition, the Prime Minister sent his greetings to King Abdullah.

The Jordanian Foreign Minister emphasized he hopes that the conditions will be created for a resumption of the negotiations with the Palestinians. The Prime Minister once again reiterated his commitment to peace and the restoration of security to the citizens of Israel, and that Israel would honor any agreement that was signed and ratified by the Knesset and that is totally implemented by both sides. In any event, said the Prime Minister: "Our Government will not negotiate during violence and terror. The responsibility for bringing about a cessation of the violence and terror rests with the Palestinian Authority. After the terror is halted Israel will be pleased to commence negotiations for a diplomatic settlement between it and the Palestinians."