Nemer Hammad, political advisor to president Mahmoud Abbas on Monday rejected claims that any meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert would be held soon.He added, ‘No date is set on the schedule for such a meeting until now. We will see first how the tripartite meeting will proceed, [and] then what the US and other sides would do.’

Hammad indicated that President Abbas will meet King Abdullah II of Jordan on Tuesday to discuss the latest developments, both politically and on the ground. He is then due to participate in the 11th summit of the Islamic World Organization in Senegal, which is expected to discuss the Palestinian cause as the core issue for the Islamic world.

Hammad described ongoing Israeli settlement activities as ‘a violation of previously signed agreements’. He continued, ‘what is required now from the US is to take procedures that would halt Israel’s measures in East Jerusalem’.

Informed sources in the office of the Palestinian president had earlier revealed that President Abbas would meet with the Israeli premier in Jerusalem next week.