Abbas, Olmert to meet
A meeting Sunday between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will include a discussion of a future Palestinian state, Palestinian and Israeli officials said Friday. According to the AP, Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said the two sides would discuss the "political horizon" at the Sunday meeting.
"Specifically, they will probe the possibility of turning President Bush's vision of a two-state solution into a realistic political track," Erekat conveyed.
David Baker, an official in Olmert's office, confirmed that Olmert and Abbas would discuss "the composition of a future Palestinian state," but said talks would focus mainly on security and humanitarian issues. Olmert also plans to raise the issue of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas since June, 2006, Baker said.
Erekat said the Sunday meeting would take place in Jerusalem.