Jerusalem, January 27, 2004

FM Shalom Meets US Special Envoy to the Middle East John Wolf
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Media Advisor)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom met with US Special Envoy to the Midle East John Wolf today (January 27, 2004).

After welcoming Mr. Wolf back to Israel, FM Shalom stressed the key role that the Americans play in the region and said that he was very encouraged by the visit. He expressed hope that the visit would help to narrow the gaps between the Israelis and Palestinians and put the peace process back on track. He noted that a first step would be securing agreement from Abu Ala to meet with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.