Plans afoot to set up a joint panel to negotiate Israeli-Palestinian prisoner swap.
Olmert and Abbas agreed at their meeting “to advance the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority”, Olmert’s office said in a statement.
The statement described the atmosphere during the two-hour meeting as friendly.
“Both leaders agreed that this meeting was the first step toward rebuilding mutual trust and fruitful cooperation,” it said.
Olmert also agreed to remove several West Bank roadblocks in coming days, according to a list the Palestinians submitted to Israel, Erekat said.
Speaking after the two leaders had their first official meeting at Olmert’s Jerusalem residence, Erekat said they had discussed “the ceasefire in force in the Gaza Strip and extending it to the West Bank”.
Last week, Olmert made a surprise visit to Jordan, whose King Abdullah II has warned of “disastrous” consequences if progress is not made in the peace process in the next six months.
Earlier on Saturday, Abbas postponed a scheduled meeting with King Abdullah beacuse he was “determined to attend the Christmas celebrations in Bethlehem in accordance with the tradition set by the late Yasser Arafat,” the Palestinian ambassador said.