Jerusalem, May 26, 2003

FM Shalom meets Egyptian Foreign Minister Maher
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Media Advisor)

 FM Shalom meets Egyptian Foreign Minister Maher-May 26- 2003
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 FM Shalom meets Egyptian Foreign Minister Maher-May 26- 2003

FM Silvan Shalom meets with Egyptian FM Ahmed Maher in Crete (May 26)

Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met today (26 May) with Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher on the Greek Island of Crete. Following their meeting, Shalom stated that the recent acceptance by the Israeli government of the Roadmap was a difficult decision to make, and that now the time has come to begin its implementation. In order to do so, the Palestinians must immediately begin to fight terrorism and halt incitement. "An end to terrorism and incitement is a crucial signal that must be sent to the Israeli public," Shalom said.

Foreign Minster Shalom also stated: "For its part, Israel has already informed Palestinian Prime Minister Abu Mazen of its willingness to implement a series of positive measures toward the Palestinian population. Israel however will not conduct its ties with the Palestinian in two parallel tracks, namely, terrorism by day and negotiations by night."

Foreign Minister Maher said that Egypt would be happy to assist the process, and called for an implementation of the Roadmap.

Shalom called upon Egypt to return its ambassador to Israel.

The Egyptian Minister invited Shalom to visit Egypt, and FM Shalom extended an invitation to Maher to visit Israel.