Jerusalem, 14 July 2002

Statement from PM Sharon’s Office
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met this afternoon (Sunday), July 14, 2002, with Foreign Minister Shimon Peres; the heads of their respective bureaus also attended the meeting. It was agreed that a meeting of the Israeli and Palestinian teams will be held in the coming days. It was also agreed that the Israeli side would hold all necessary coordinations prior to the meeting. The talks will be directed by a steering committee headed by Prime Minister Sharon and with the participation of Foreign Minister Peres, Defense Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer and Finance Minister Silvan Shalom. Foreign Minister Peres will lead the Israeli team to the talks; Minister Danny Naveh, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj.-Gen. Amos Gilad and Finance Ministry Director-General Ohad Marani will also participate.