Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Statement by Liberal Leader Bob Rae on the Visit of Israeli President Shimon Peres to Canada

OTTAWA— Together with Liberal Foreign Affairs critic Dominic LeBlanc, Liberal Defence critic John McKay and Liberal Small Business and Tourism critic Joyce Murray, Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on his meeting with Israeli President Shimon Peres:

“I extend a warm welcome to President Peres as he visits Canada and highlights the strong and healthy relationship with deep historical roots that our countries enjoy. The Liberal Party remains committed to a secure and democratic Israel, a stable and democratic Palestinian state and to the ultimate goal of peace in the region. We believe that direct negotiations are the only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to build peace in the region.

President Peres and I have met several times since my first visit to Israel in 1979, and I have always found him to be a person of great experience, wisdom and candour. I look forward to continued frank and productive exchanges today and in the future.

On behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada and our Parliamentary caucus, I thank President Peres for his time and wish him an enjoyable and productive stay in Canada.”