FM Shalom welcomed Cameron Kerry, brother of US presidential candidate John Kerry, on his first visit to Israel and thanked him for his friendship and support.

 Shalom welcomes Cameron Kerry

 

FM Shalom greets Cameron Kerry. (Israel Hadari)

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Silvan Shalom met with Cameron Kerry, brother of US presidential candidate John Kerry, today (15.07.04). FM Shalom welcomed Kerry on his first visit to Israel and thanked him for his friendship and support.

FM Shalom emphasized that the United States and Israel share a special relationship and that support cuts across all political lines. He noted that the shared values of democracy and freedom and shared strategic interests underlie the strong ties between the two countries.

In answers to questions from reporters regarding coalition negotiations,  Shalom said that the most important element is to preserve the ideals and values that the Likud represents. "We need a strong Likud that shapes and determines policy. If we form a government that leaves out entirely the ultra-Orthodox, the national, and the religious parties, then we have formed a government that leaves out all of our Likud supporters," Shalom said.