Olmert in Jordan, says ready to discuss Arab peace plan
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert voiced his country's readiness Tuesday to discuss an Arab peace initiative and find ways to implement it. According to AFP, Olmert said after arriving for talks with Jordan's King Abdullah II that Israel was "ready to sit down and talk about it carefully" and was willing to listen to Arab views.
"We heard about the Arab peace initiative and we say come and present it to us. You want to talk to us about it, we are ready to sit down and talk about it carefully," he told a conference in Petra.
Describing the plan as "very interesting," Olmert said "we are ready to cooperate to find the appropriate manner to implement. If the Arab countries want to present their peace initiative, we will be more than happy to sit down and listen carefully."
Olmert invited the "22 leaders of the Arab nations that are ready to make that kind of peace with Israel, to come to Israel, where ever they want and to sit down with us and start talk and present their ideas."
He added that if they were willing to invite him somewhere for talks, then "I'm ready to come."
"We are ready to come and to invite" Arab leaders "without preconditions from us or their side," Olmert said.