(dpa) - A Palestinian negotiator on Saturday confirmed that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Israeli Premier Ehud Olmert on Monday.
Peace talks, the expansion of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and the Israeli closure of the Gaza Strip were the key issues that the two leaders were scheduled to discuss, according to Saeb Erekat.
Erekat said the settlement activities violate "Israel's commitments under the first phase" of the US-backed Road Map peace plan which calls for the immediate suspension of settlement expansion.
Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) revived the negotiations at a US-hosted conference in November.
The upcoming meeting will be the first since Abbas suspended his biweekly meetings with Olmert in early March in protest at an Israeli army operation in the Gaza Strip.