FM Shalom expressed the hope that Ambassador Bakit would serve as a goodwill ambassador for Israel upon his return to Jordan.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom met today with outgoing Jordanian Ambassador to Israel Marouf Suleiman Bakit and thanked him for his many efforts. Minister Shalom expressed the hope that he would serve as a goodwill ambassador for Israel upon his return to Jordan.
Minister Shalom said the time has come for the Palestinians to be decisive and do everything they can to put an end to violence and terrorism. Israel would need all of Jordan’s help and that of other Arab countries in this effort, Shalom added.
It will be impossible to advance toward peace as long as the extremists are doing everything they can to defeat every move, he said. "I call upon the international community to join in saving the peace process and especially to push Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas] to restore quiet to the region," Shalom said. "If the violence continues, the Palestinians will find no Israeli prime minister who will speak with them. We shall stick to the Roadmap and there will be no more unilateral steps. Any further step must also be made by the Palestinians."
The meeting was also attended by Egyptian Ambassador Mohamed Assem and Cameroon Ambassador Henri Etoundi Essomba, who is also the dean of the diplomatic corps.