Abbas, Olmert make ”little progress” in Jerusalem talks
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas met in Jerusalem for more than two hours Sunday, making "little progress" on key issues but agreeing to move forward with their fledgling dialogue, an Israeli official said.
"The meeting was constructive. The two sides agreed to have further discussions," the official said, according to Haaretz. As a goodwill gesture, Olmert pledged to extend the operating hours of Gaza Strip's Karni (el Mintar) goods crossing.
Talks also touched on Israel's calls for the release of an Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and the ongoing Palestinian rocket attacks out of Gaza, the official said. The meeting was Abbas and Olmert's second round of talks in less than a month.