He sent letters to President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and King Mohammed VI of Morocco. In addition he personally called Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority.
(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)
President Shimon Peres reached out today to regional leaders and extended his warmest greetings for a happy holiday on behalf of the people of Israel. He sent letters to President of Egypt Hosni Mubarak, King Abdullah II of Jordan, and King Mohammed VI of Morocco. In addition he personally called Mahmoud Abbas, Chairman of the Palestinian Authority.
In his conversation with Chairman Abbas, President Peres told him that “This is an important holiday and I hope it will lead to winds of peace for both of our peoples. We cannot afford to miss this opportunity to achieve a peace agreement.” Chairman Abbas responded by saying that “The peace process requires patience and we should take advantage of this opportunity before us.”
In his letter to King Abdullah II of Jordan, President Peres thanked the King for fostering good relations between Jordanians and Israelis. He was particularly appreciative of the King’s leadership “in renewing the direct talks between us and the Palestinian Authority with the aim of achieving a durable peace that will contribute greatly to the stability of the region.”
President Peres complimented Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and said: “Your great wisdom and vast experience will assist in renewing direct talks between us and the Palestinians with the hope that they will soon lead to achieving a lasting peace agreement with them and with other countries in the region. Under your leadership, Egypt presents an excellent example of Israel’s good relations with its neighbors.”
President Peres wrote to the King of Morocco and said: “In my name and in the name of the citizens of Israel, I wish to send warm holiday greetings to the Royal Family and to the citizens of Morocco. I am sure that His Majesty has the ability to fill an important role in encouraging people in the region to adopt values of understanding and tolerance. I hope that this holiday will bring with it winds of peace.”
President Peres also sent holiday greetings to Israel’s one million Muslim and Druze citizens celebrating Eid el-Adha today. He spent the day visiting the Druze community in the village of Peki’in in the north of Israel.