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Netanyahu, Fayyad To Meet Next Week

A Palestinian delegation headed by Prime Minister Salam Fayyad will arrive in Jerusalem next week to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli sources confirmed on Wednesday.

At the meeting, the delegation is expected to present Netanyahu with a letter from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas addressing the stalled peace process.

Abbas’ diplomatic adviser Nimar Hamad said on Wednesday that the delegation would also include PLO Executive Committee Secretary Yasser Abed Rabbo and head Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat.

Speaking to “Voice of Palestine” radio, Hamad said the letter would emphasize that the Palestinians are unwilling to conduct renewed negotiations as long as Israel continues building in the settlements, and that Israel must honor international agreements and agree to conduct negotiations on the basis of the 1967 borders.

On Tuesday, Haaretz reported that Netanyahu intended to send a letter to Abbas calling on him to return to the negotiating table promptly and without preconditions. A senior Israeli official said Netanyahu’s letter would be sent in response to Abbas’ letter.

For more, go to Haaretz.com

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