Olmert: 'I will meet Abbas if he combats terror'

May 17, 2006 18:51

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Wednesday that he is prepared to meet Palestinian Authority Chairmen Mahmoud Abbas on condition that he combats terrorism. "I consider Mahmoud Abbas as a partner but he is not an independent leader. When the Palestinian Authority is being controlled by Hamas, political negotiations cannot take place," said Olmert in a meeting with French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy. He also told the French foreign minister that Israel was prepared to transfer food and medicines to the PA but not money and wages.

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