P.A cabinet minister and chief negotiation Dr. Saeb Erekat said that he will be meeting with Sharon’s advisor Dov Weisglass on Sunday, in order to prepare for Abbas-Sharon summit scheduled for next Tuesday.

The two officials will conduct the needed preparations for the upcoming summit between the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas and the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

The Abbas-Sharon summit will most likely take place next on Tuesday, October 11, 2005, an Israeli source reported; this date is less than ten days after the planned summit between the two leaders was cancelled after Israel launched a military offensive in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The last time the two leaders met was in mid-June.

King Abdullah of Jordan said on Wednesday that Sharon and Abbas will meet on Tuesday, but Erekat, who will take part in the meeting, said that the final date has not been set yet.

Also, Israeli officials declined to confirm the date of the summit which is set to take place in the Jordanian capital.

On Wednesday evening, king Abdullah phoned Abbas and Sharon and wished the Israeli prime minister a Happy New year, as Israel is celebrating the new Jewish year, and wished Abbas and easy fast with the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.


An Israeli source reported that Sharon invited king Abdullah to visit Israel; the two agreed to meet in the near future, Israeli online daily Ynetnews reported.

Erekat, Weisglass most likely to meet Thursday

Saed Bannoura – IMEMC & Agencies

Palestinian Cabinet Minister and chief negotiator Dr. Saeb Erkat stated on Wednesday that he will be most likely meet with Sharon’s Advisor, Dov Weisglass, on Thursday in order to prepare for the Abbas-Sharon summit.

Erkat said that Sharon-Abbas meeting depends on the success preparatory meetings.

Also, Erkat reported that the Palestinians will demand the implementation of Sharm Al Sheikh understandings, the release of the Palestinian detainees, the return of the deportees, and handing the P.A the security responsibility of addition Palestinian areas.

“We will also discuss the security situation in the area”, Erekat said, “This is an important issue which should be addressed in our meetings”.

Meanwhile, a senior Israeli source said that Israel will concentrate on demanding the P.A to disarm the resistance as a precondition to implement the Sharm Al Sheikh understandings.