Statement by Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom

after meeting with Palestinian Minister of External Affairs Nabil Shaath

Jerusalem, August 3, 2003

 Statement by FM Silvan Shalom after meeting with Palestinian Minister of External Affairs Nabil Shaath-August 3- 2003
©2003 Reuters/Gil Cohen Magen 

 Statement by FM Silvan Shalom after meeting with Palestinian Minister of External Affairs Nabil Shaath-August 3- 2003

Israeli FM Silvan Shalom talks with Palestinian Minister of External Affairs Nabil Shaath in his office in Jerusalem (Aug 3, 2003)

I am pleased to welcome Minister Nabil Shaath to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here in Jerusalem.

This is your first visit here, and I hope that this will be the beginning of a fruitful dialogue.

We stand here together not because we agree on every issue. We do not.

We do agree, however, on the need to work together to resolve our differences, and to send to our peoples a message of tolerance and reconciliation after so many months and years of bloodshed and suffering.

We stand here together because we recognize that we must educate our children towards peace – for their stake and for the sake of future generations.

The government of Israel is committed to building peaceful relations with our Palestinian neighbors, free of terror, violence and incitement. We are ready to work with the new Palestinian government to bring about this goal, and we are implementing our commitments according to the performance-based roadmap.

Today’s meeting, I believe, has helped build a platform for cooperation between us. We have agreed to establish a joint team to follow up and coordinate issues of mutual interest. We have also agreed to work together to foster a more positive internatinoal climate for peacemaking.

I look forward to working with Minister Shaath in the weeks and months ahead to ensure the end of terror and to build a new and peaceful future for our peoples.