(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this afternoon (Tuesday), 13 July 2004, met for approximately two hours with US Deputy National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley, US National Security Council Senior Director for Near East and North African Affairs Elliott Abrams and US Ambassador to Israel Daniel C. Kurtzer.  Discussions centered on advancing the disengagement plan, the construction of the security fence and issues related to Israel’s commitments to the US, including dismantling unauthorized outposts and easing humanitarian conditions for the Palestinians.

Prime Minister Sharon said that he is faithful to the commitments that Israel has taken upon itself and to his intention to carry them out as soon as possible.

During their visit to Israel today, the American envoys also met with Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz, IDF Chief-of-Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Yaalon and ISA Director Avi Dichter.  Justice Ministry Director-General Aharon Abramovitz and National Security Council Chairman Giora Eiland also briefed the American envoys on various developments and aspects regarding the implementation of the disengagement plan.

The sides agreed to continue discussions on the aforementioned issues in the near future.  The American envoys are due to leave Israel later this evening.