PM Olmert left today on a visit to Jordan, where he met with King Abdullah. The two leaders discussed various regional issues and the forthcoming visit of US President Bush to the region.

 PM Olmert meets with Jordanian King Abdullah


PM Olmert meeting with Jordanian King Abdullah IIPhoto: Reuters

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert left today (Thursday, 3 January 2008) on a working visit to Jordan, where he met with King Abdullah II.  After concluding a working lunch with their staffs, the Prime Minister and the King held a private meeting. During the working lunch, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations, the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and US President George Bush’s upcoming visit to the region.

King Abdullah, who met yesterday (Wednesday, 2 January 2008), in Aqaba, with Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen, expressed his hope that the latter and Prime Minister Olmert will advance the peace process and will continue the process begun at Annapolis in order to complete it as quickly as possible.

Prime Minister Olmert and King Abdullah also discussed the implementation of the Roadmap and the Palestinians’ and Israel’s Roadmap commitments. 

Prime Minister Olmert updated King Abdullah on the rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and reiterated the urgent need for the Palestinians to prepare to fight terrorism and dismantle its infrastructures. The Prime Minister also stressed Israel’s commitment not to establish new settlements and to refrain from expropriating new land in Judea and Samaria.