Jerusalem, November 18, 2003

FM Shalom meets US Secretary of State Colin Powell
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

 FM Shalom meets US Secretary of State Colin Powell-Nov 18- 2003

 FM Shalom meets US Secretary of State Colin Powell-Nov 18- 2003

Israeli FM Silvan Shalom meets with
US Secretary of State Colin Powell in Brussels (Nov 18, 2003)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom met with US Secretary of State Collin Powell today (November 18, 2003) in Brussels. During their discussion, the leaders agreed that a Palestinian cease-fire does not constitute a solution and that the government of Abu Ala will be judged by its actions and should take steps to dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism. Foreign Minister Shalom also said that the security fence will guarantee the political process.

Foreign Minister Shalom told Powell that the cease-fire will not produce results. Both sides agreed that the path to stability in the region is the dismantlement of terrorist infrastructure. FM Shalom added that the Egypt is playing an important role and trying to take positive measures. The leaders also discussed the meeting slated to be held between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Abu Ala and the steps that need to be taken to enter into discussions in a positive atmosphere.

In addition, FM Shalom told his colleagues in Europe that Arafat never delivered a single achievement to the Palestinians over the past 10 years and consistently blocked every option to restart the process and to strengthen the Palestinian moderate leadership.