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Israel's Sharon Praises Palestinian Efforts to Halt Violence


Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon says he is very satisfied with measures taken by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas to halt militant violence.

In an interview published Thursday in an Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot, Mr. Sharon said there is no doubt the Palestinian leader has begun to work toward reducing militant attacks against Israelis. Mr. Sharon added that he wants to move forward with peace efforts.

Meanwhile, Israeli and Palestinian officials have begun preparations for the first summit between Mr. Sharon and Mr. Abbas.

Authorities say officials will meet next week to plan details of the summit, which Israel says could take place within two weeks.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.