Jerusalem, July 6, 2003

FM Silvan Shalom meets with family of Azzam Azzam
(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

 FM Silvan Shalom meets with family of Azzam Azzam-July 6- 2003
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 FM Silvan Shalom meets with family of Azzam Azzam-July 6- 2003

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met on Sunday, July 6, with the family of Azzam Azzam, serving a 15-year sentence in an Egyptian prison.

Minister Shalom expressed his solidarity and support for the family, and informed them that the Egyptian government has heeded his call to send an Israeli doctor to visit Azzam Azzam tomorrow. This step, Minister Shalom said, "brings a glimmer of hope" to the future of this matter. To this end, Minister Shalom also urged the Egyptian government, "in the new atmosphere of peace", to take the right step and release Azzam Azzam.