FM Livni briefed those with whom she met on the progress of the negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.

 FM Livni attends World Economic Forum in Sharm a-Sheikh


Israel FM Livni meets with Jordanian King Abdullah II in Sharm a-Sheikh (Photo: Israel MFA)

(Communicated by the Foreign Ministry Spokesman)

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni attended the opening of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East held in Sharm a-Sheikh (18 May 2008) and met with Jordanian King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Mubarak, and Egyptian Foreign Minister Abu al-Gheit. She briefed them on the progress of the negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, stressing that Israel would like to reach an agreement by the end of this year.

In a panel discussion that dealt with Israel’s role in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Livni spoke about Israel’s commitment to negotiating with the Palestinians and about the parties’ decision to keep the details of the negotiations confidential. This decision was made to encourage the development of mutual trust as well as to avoid a situation such as has occurred in the past in which premature revelation of details under discussion decreased the chances of reaching an agreement.

FM Livni also expressed Israel’s desire to find a solution to the situation in the Gaza Strip and answered questions from the audience concerning the humanitarian situation there as well as the question of negotiations between Israel and Syria.

FM Livni granted an interview to the Egyptian paper, Al Akhbar, which will be published this coming Saturday.