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April 18, 2003

Just reported

Sharon plans to meet Abu Mazen

Israel's Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will meet with the new Palestinian Prime Minister once the latter has officially been sworn in. The meeting will be part of Israel's efforts to implement several confidence-building measures it has told the United States it is planning, Israel Radio reported Friday.

Israel presented the United States with a list of measures it intends to implement after the swearing-in of Abu Mazen's new government.

According to the report, the list of measures was presented to administration officials in Washington this week during the visit of an Israeli delegation headed by Sharon's bureau chief. The steps include the gradual withdrawal of the Israeli occupation forces from PA territory, the release of Palestinian prisoners and the expedited transfer of funds belonging to the Palestinian Authority.