World Bulletin/News Desk
US Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday lauded Israeli efforts to reach a lasting peace with the Palestinians, and reaffirmed the US’ commitment to Israel as the US and Iran begin to thaw their long-frigid diplomatic relations.
Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a joint speech prior to their meeting in Washington.
“We are committed to continuing to work constructively to move forward on the peace process, though it is always difficult, complicated. We know that. But we’re working in good faith. I have confidence in the Prime Minister’s commitment to this effort,” said Kerry.
He added, “And I also want him to know that as we reach out to respond to Iran’s efforts to purportedly change its relationship with the world, we do so very aware of and sensitive to the security needs of Israel and the demands for certainty and transparency and accountability in this process.”
Netanyahu said that Israel and the US were best suited to pursue Middle East peace.
“We have if not the whole world, a good chunk of it to discuss, and we do so as friends and as people seriously committed to both achieving security and a durable peace. These are hard things to achieve, but none better than you and us to try to do it together,” said Netanyahu.Last Mod: 01 Ekim 2013, 09:52