(Communicated by the President’s Spokesman)

The President of Israel, Mr. Moshe Katsav, today met in his office with Mr. Terje Larsen, the United Nations Special Coordinator to the Middle East who is visiting the region.

The President and Mr. Larsen discussed the latest developments in the Middle East, as well as Mr. Larsen´s forthcoming visits to Syria and Lebanon.

The President emphasized the need for the international organizations to act in order to bring about an end to terrorism and violence before returning to negotiations.