Olmert, Abbas meet in Jerusalem

November 17th, 2008 - 8:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Jerusalem, Nov 17 (Xinhua) Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Monday in Jerusalem, media reported. During the meeting, Abbas would urge Olmert to restore calm in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, an advisor to Abbas, said on Sunday, according to Ha’aretz daily.

Abu Rudeineh told reporters that Abbas would ask Olmert to maintain an Egyptian-brokered truce declared effective in June between Israel and Gaza militants.

In addition to Gaza, the two leaders will assess the US- sponsored peace talks, new Israeli decision to expand West Bank settlements and the Palestinian prisoners Israel holds, Saeb Erekat, a senior Palestinian negotiator said.

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