Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet Wednesday in Jerusalem.

Palestinian and Israeli officials say the meeting will take place at Mr. Olmert's official residence.

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says the talks will focus on permanent status issues, Israeli checkpoints and the fate of Palestinian prisoners.

The meeting will be the first between the two since Mr. Olmert announced that he will step down after his Kadima Party chooses a new leader in September.  The Israeli prime minister has been under a cloud of corruption charges.

Mr. Olmert and Mr. Abbas re-started peace talks last November with the goal of reaching a deal by year's end.


Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.