(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this afternoon (Wednesday), 9 February 2005, telephoned Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and thanked him for hosting the Sharm el-Sheikh summit yesterday (Tuesday), 8 February 2005; the Prime Minister Sharon also him to thank the Governor of Sinai [Province] for the tour through the streets of Sharm el-Sheikh.

Prime Minister Sharon repeated his invitation to Egyptian President Mubarak to visit Israel.  The Prime Minister said that the Sharm el-Sheikh summit symbolized a new beginning and added that together with Egyptian President Mubarak it will be possible to attain the goals that we all aspire to. The Egyptian President thanked Prime Minister Sharon for accepting his invitation and attending the summit; he added that he was prepared to make all necessary efforts in order to advance the peace process.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon spoke this afternoon (Wednesday), 9 February 2005, with Jordanian King Abdullah II, who had telephoned in order to congratulate Prime Minister Sharon on the Sharm el-Sheikh summit yesterday.

King Abdullah said that Prime Minister Sharon’s speech was very important and added that yesterday’s summit gives hope to the entire region and was a source of pride to both its participants and their peoples.

Prime Minister Sharon thanked King Abdullah and said that the latter’s participation in the summit was very important. The Prime Minister also thanked the Jordanian monarch for their excellent meeting at yesterday’s summit.