Jerusalem, 31 May 2002

PM Sharon meets Dr. Osama El-Baz
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met on Friday morning, May 31, 2002, in his Jerusalem office, with Dr. Osama el-Baz, political adviser to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Dr. el-Baz delivered greetings from Egyptian President, as well as the Egyptian government’s assessment of the situation vis-a-vis regional developments.

Prime Minister Sharon expressed Israel’s commitment to and desire for a genuine peace that will assure security for generations. The Prime Minister reiterated Israel’s position that progress in the political process will be possible only upon the cessation of violence, terror and incitement, and the implementation of comprehensive reforms in the governing institutions of the Palestinian Authority.

Prime Minister Sharon also reiterated Israel’s demand for the release of Azzam Azzam and his return home.