German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has reaffirmed Berlin’s support for the Israeli regime in what he calls œchallenging times.”
Westerwelle made the remarks on Friday during a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in al-Quds (Jerusalem).
“I want to underline that in these challenging times, Germany stands alongside its Israeli partners,” said the German foreign minister, calling his host a “dear friend.”
“We want to work together, we want to support you and this is what our friendship is about,” he added.
“I’m using the word friendship, which is from our understanding more than a partnership. This is not only a strategic alliance; this is a friendship between societies, between peoples, and between governments,” Westerwelle said.
He also stated that Germany supports the international efforts to establish peace between Israelis and Palestinians, saying, “We believe that the Middle East peace process and the work on a two-state solution should be revived now, and we will do what we can to support security and a peaceful and sustainable development for Israel and the whole region.”
Westerwelle is in the Middle East for a two-day visit.
He has already held talks with President Shimon Peres, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and other Israeli officials and is scheduled to meet Palestinian officials on Saturday.