Sharon and Abbas Agree to Summit



A Mar. 2, 2005 Financial Times article titled "Sharon and Abbas Agree to Summit in Egypt" reports the following:

"Ariel Sharon, Israel's prime minister, and Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority president, yesterday accepted an Egyptian invitation to hold their first summit at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh next Tuesday.

It will be the two leaders' first meeting since Mr Abbas was elected to succeed the late Yassir Arafat on January 9 and the first top-level contact since Arafat and Ehud Barak, Mr Sharon's predecessor, failed to reach a comprehensive peace agreement at US-sponsored talks in Taba, Egypt, in January 2001...

Condoleezza Rice, due in the region at the weekend for her first visit as US secretary of state, said this week that there could be no real peace for either side without the creation of a viable Palestinian state that met the aspirations of its people.

She is due to meet Mr Abbas before the Sharm el-Sheikh summit in the highest-level US-Palestinian contact since the Bush administration joined Israel in ostracising Mr Arafat in 2002. Colin Powell, Ms Rice's predecessor, met Mr Abbas in Jericho in November, the day after he was selected as Fatah's candidate for the presidency."
Mar. 2, 2005 Financial Times