The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:
“Canada remains committed to the goal of achieving a comprehensive, just and lasting peace in the Middle East. This includes the creation of a Palestinian state living side by side in peace and security with Israel and ensuring Israel’s security within its own borders.
“Canada recognizes the urgent need to renew efforts toward a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and will carefully examine the details of the U.S. initiative for the Middle East peace process.
“Canada has long maintained that peace can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the parties. We urge the parties to create the conditions for such negotiations to take place.
“Canada reaffirms its readiness to support meaningful dialogue between the parties toward a negotiated and viable two-state solution.”
Deputy Director of Communication
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs