Remarks With Israeli President Shimon Peres Before Their Meeting

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Blair House
Washington, DC
April 4, 2011

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, President Peres is a leader of such exceptional reputation and commitment that it is an honor for us to receive him once again here in Washington. I appreciate the opportunity we have here to meet, and President Obama is very much looking forward to seeing you and discussing the issues that you have raised and your perspectives and the way forward, which will hopefully realize the better outcomes that we all wish for.

I think your phrase about the generational change is exactly right. And you are, at 88, among the youngest people I know – (laughter) – in thought and mind, Shimon, because you understood that long before those of us who are much younger perhaps grasped it. This is a time of great opportunity, but it’s also a time of many challenges. So our task together is to deepen and broaden our friendship, our relationship, our partnership to look for ways that we can work toward the kind of future that you have always believed in and that you have held out as a promise for the children of Israel and the children of all the countries of the Middle East. So thank you once again for reminding us of the most important values that connect us.

PRESIDENT PERES: Thank you very much. Thank you.

PRN: 2011/523