(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this afternoon (Tuesday), 8 June 2004, telephoned Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and congratulated him on his recent election victory.

Prime Minister Sharon updated his Spanish counterpart on recent developments regarding the disengagement plan and the need to fight and defeat terrorism. Prime Minister Sharon invited Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero to visit Israel.

Spanish Prime Minister Zapatero expressed his support for the disengagement plan.  The two men agreed to cooperate on advancing the diplomatic process in the region.