Discussions With Prime Minister Shimon Peres of
The President. Well, it has been a
great pleasure for me to welcome, again, Shimon Peres to the White House. He's
a valued friend, a statesman and a spokesman for peace, and a leader of the
Government of Israel, a country with whom the
number one was our commitment to continuing the search for a negotiated peace
this connection, we have just witnessed an auspicious event: the meeting
between Prime Minister Peres and President Mubarak of
our discussions we also reviewed many aspects of the close and mutually
beneficial relations between our countries, including the need to maintain a
strong and secure
emphasized to Prime Minister Peres that the United States Government remains
deeply concerned about the plight of Soviet Jewry and that this subject will
continue to be an important part of our dialog with the
Israelis and Americans can be proud of the relationship between our two countries. The common values and interests that bring us together sustain us both, and the many levels of cooperation between us provide a rich substance to our ties. We look forward to building on the good will and trust so evident between our governments and peoples. And so, again, I say it's been a pleasure having Prime Minister Peres here.
The Prime Minister. Mr. President, it is
with satisfaction that I join you at a conclusion of yet another most
productive meeting where your dedication to peace in the
When we met 2 years ago, we laid out policies and strategies for peace, security, and economic development. These were mostly accomplished, much, due to your friendship and determination. Today we look at the future. I am certain that what we have planned will be implemented with equal imagination, dedication, and resolve.
the peace front, we have prepared the ground for a new drive. The end of the
The next step should be directed toward negotiation between the parties concerned. The international community can support such negotiations, not substitute it. We are for, clearly, direct negotiation on a bilateral ground between each of the parties concerned. And international support can provide the parties with an opportunity of an opening occasion, but negotiations should remain between the parties concerned. For the international participation, we shall accept only parties that respect peace and human rights, and we shall not compromise on it. Small as we may be, we are not going to depart from conviction and principles that should be respected by all, small and large at the same time.
Again, I would like to thank you for the depth of your understanding, for the empathy, enjoying the basic rights, the basic rights of a people under your leadership, Mr. President. The free world has made real progress toward democracy, toward freedom, toward security, and toward prosperity. And all of us, wherever we may be, have enjoyed this very imaginative and determined leadership. I would like to thank you for a wind of hope and optimism that you have added to the life of the free world and to our own country and our own people. Thank you very much.
The President spoke at in the Rose Garden at
the White House. In his closing remarks, the President referred to the recent
massacre at Neve Shalom Synagogue in