(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke this afternoon (Monday), 31 July 2006, with UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, who telephoned in order to be updated on the situation in Lebanon regarding the stationing of a multi-national force.

Prime Minister Olmert said that Israel was interested that an effective multi-national force come to Lebanon in order to deploy along Blue Line and at the border crossings between Syria and Lebanon.  The Prime Minister added that it would be possible to implement a ceasefire immediately upon the deployment of the force.

At the end of their conversation, which was held in an excellent atmosphere, the two men agreed to be in close touch in the coming days.