Canada Welcomes Successful First Step Toward Middle East Peace Agreement

(No. 283 - September 3, 2010 - 6:10 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement following yesterday’s direct peace talks between Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the Palestinian Authority’s President, Mahmoud Abbas, in Washington, D.C.:

“Canada commends Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Abbas on taking this important first step toward a peace agreement in Washington on September 2. We also welcome the parties’ commitment to meet at regular intervals over the course of the next year. We strongly encourage the parties to remain steadfast in their efforts to keep negotiations on track toward peace, despite the obstacles which opponents of this process may put in their way.”

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