FM Shalom and Secy Powell addressed the disengagement plan and the Israeli commitment to evacuate illegal outposts
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom met with US Secretary of State Colin Powell today (July 6, 2004) in Washington, DC. At a joint press conference following the meeting, both leaders addressed the disengagement plan and the Israeli commitment to evacuate illegal outposts.
FM Shalom noted that Israel has already evacuated 81 outposts and will evacuate an additional 28. He reiterated Israel’s commitment to the Road Map and to reaching a peace agreement with its Palestinian neighbors. Shalom asked Powell to use his influence to ensure that the United Nations does not pass a resolution condemning the disengagement plan.
Shalom emphasized the Palestinian Authority’s obligation to dismantle the terrorist infrastructure, implement reforms, and institute responsible government. He said that all countries donating money to the Palestinian Authority should condition such aid on the cessation of rocket attacks against Israel and on political reform within the authority.
The two leaders also addressed threats posed by Iran. Powell noted that the world is aware of Iran’s intentions and said the international community will ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons. Shalom accused Iran of attempting to develop a new missile that could reach Berlin, London, and Paris.