Palestinians: Sharon, Abbas may meet soon (CNN) JERUSALEM, ISRAEL 01/29/05 9:19 PM EST (0219 GMT)
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JERUSALEM (CNN) -- A meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
Sharon and newly elected Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud
Abbas has been tentatively scheduled for February 8, Abbas´
spokesman, Hassan Abu Libdeh, has said.
He added that the date depends, however, on the outcome of talks
between officials representing both leaders.
David Baker, an official in Sharon´s office, did not give an exact
"The meeting would be in order to make further progress, and it´s
contingent on Palestinians continuing to fight terror," Baker said
The meeting would be the first between the two leaders since Abbas
was elected earlier this month.
Sharon and Abbas met in 2003, when Abbas served as prime minister
under the late Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat, in an
effort to push forward a U.S.-led peace plan that later stalled.
In a first top-level meeting between Israeli and Palestinian
officials, Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz was scheduled to meet
with his Palestinian counterpart, Mohammed Dahlan, later Saturday,
The two were expected to discuss a possible withdrawal of Israeli
forces from Palestinian population centers.
Newly sworn-in U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is scheduled
to visit the region as part of a seven-day trip to Europe and the
Abu Libdeh said Rice is expected to to arrive in the region February
6. (© 2005 Cable News Network LP, LLLP. 01/29/05)
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