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Israel PM Olmert: Aims To Meet Palestinian President Abbas Soon December 18, 2006

Posted by notapundit in World News.
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JERUSALEM (AP)–Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Monday said he hopes to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “very soon.”

Abbas said earlier in the day he was eager to meet the Israeli leader in hopes of restarting peace efforts.

Olmert spoke at a news conference with U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is in the region to boost peace making. Abbas has said he wants Israel to release large numbers of Palestinian prisoners, including jailed uprising leader Marwan Barghouti. However, Olmert said the release of Barghouti – who is serving five life sentences – is “not on the agenda” at the present time.

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