Friday, May 30, 2008

Germany And Israel Will Always Have A Special Relationship, Steinmeier Said

Germany Pledges to Intensify Efforts in Mideast Peace Process

Stressing Germany's commitment to Israel, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has pledged to do more to help secure a lasting peace in the Middle East, ahead of a visit to the region starting on Saturday.

Marking the 60th anniversary of Israel's founding, German parliamentarians said on Thursday, May 29, the Jewish state's right to exist had the same status as a German national interest.

Germany has played a key role in reviving efforts by the so-called Middle East quartet -- made up of the European Union, Russia, the United Nations and the United States -- to help bring about a peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians.

Berlin has invited foreign ministers from the Middle East, Europe, the United States and several other countries to a conference on June 24 on efforts to assist the Palestinians in building up their police forces and justice system as steps toward creating a viable state.


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