PARIS – Prime Minister Ehud Olmert arrived in Paris Sunday evening, and is scheduled to meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Prime Minister Francois Fillon on Monday.
The Iranian nuclear threat is expected to be the main topic in the meetings, and Olmert will seek to secure France's support in efforts to pressure the UN Security Council into tightening sanctions against Iran.
Olmert and his French counterparts are also set to discuss the situation in Lebanon and Hizbullah's status in the country, as well as the negotiations with the Palestinians ahead of the regional peace conference in Annapolis.
The prime minister will stress to the French leaders that while Israel was willing to make concessions, it expected the Palestinians to stand by their obligations as outlined in President George W. Bush's road map for peace.
On Tuesday morning, Olmert will travel to London to meet with his British counterpart, Gordon Brown. The meeting is set to focus on issues similar to the ones raised in the Paris talks, but Olmert will also convey to Brown Israel's request to revise British legislation that enables UK citizens and organizations to seek arrest warrants against Israeli officers on grounds of war crimes.