President Shimon Peres released a special statement on Saturday night thanking the Canadian people, Governor General Johnston and Prime Minister Harper for severing diplomatic ties with Iran: "I hope that other nations will see Canada as a moral role model."

 President Peres thanks Canada regarding Iran


President Peres meets with Canadian PM Harper during visit to Canada, May 2012 (Photo: GPO)

(Communicated by the President’s Spokesperson)
The President of the State of Israel, President Shimon Peres, who is currently at an economic and foreign policy forum in Italy, released a special statement following the decision by Canada to cut off diplomatic relations with Iran.

In the statement President Peres congratulated Canada and said: "Canada has proven once again that morals come before pragmatism, Canada has demonstrated that policy must reflect principles and values. I thank my colleague Governor General David Johnston, Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the whole nation of Canada for taking a stance based on the highest morals and hope that other nations will see Canada as a moral role model. The diplomatic isolation of Iran is an important step for the security and stability of the entire world."

President Peres emphasized: "It is inconceivable that a UN member state will threaten to destroy another member state, it completely contradicts the UN charter. Other member states must stand against it. Iran is a source of global terror, a blatant violator of human rights and Iran aims to dominate the entire Middle East. The combination of hegemonic ambition, political madness and a nuclear weapon is an unacceptable and unbearable combination which endangers the entire world and against which the entire world must act with all its power."

President Peres visited Canada in May 2012 on a state visit during which he conducted work meetings with Prime Minister Harper, the Governor General and the Foreign Minister. At the center of the visit stood the issue of strengthening the strategic relations between the two countries and the Iranian threat. During the visit President Peres called for an increase in the severity and scope of the sanctions on Tehran and an increase in the isolation of the country to ensure Iran does not become a nuclear armed state.