'Abbas, Olmert agree to free Palestinian prisoners next week'

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat claimed on Monday that President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert had agreed on releasing Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

'Abbas, Olmert agree to free Palestinian prisoners next week'
Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat claimed on Monday that President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert had agreed on releasing Palestinian prisoners from Israeli jails.

Erekat, a long-time confident of Abbas, told reporters at the end of Abbas-Olmert meeting held in Jerusalem.

According to Erekat, the release of Palestinian prisoners will occur at the first week of the Muslims' holy month of Ramadan, which is expected to start on Thursday.

But a joint statement after the meeting said that Abbas, duringthe meeting, asked Olmert to release Palestinian prisoners as a goodwill gesture for the holiday of Ramadan.

In response, Olmert agreed to propose Abbas' request to his cabinet, but the two sides did not discuss the number of prisoners to be released, said the statement.

Erekat said that in addition to agreeing on the release of prisoners, the two leaders also agreed to resolve the problem of deportees.

Agencies
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