Israeli, Palestinian leaders greet Hollande victory (AFP) AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE) 05/07/12)
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Israeli and Palestinian leaders on Monday congratulated Francois
Hollande on winning the French presidential election.
"I would like to congratulate Francois Hollande on his election as
president of France," Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said
at the beginning of a cabinet meeting.
"Relations between Israel and France were always friendly, and will
remain such. I look forward to a meeting with him to continue this
important relationship -- important bilaterally and internationally."
Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas telephoned Hollande and invited
him to visit Palestinian Authority headquarters in the West Bank city
of Ramallah, the official Palestinian news agency Wafa said.
It quoted Abbas as wishing "luck and success in his high office to
President Hollande...in strengthening France´s regional and
international role in the cause of world justice and peace."
Israeli President Shimon Peres, currently on a state visit to Canada,
sent a congratulatory message, a statement from his office said.
"In the name of the people of Israel, it is a great pleasure for me
to send my sincerest best wishes on your election to the presidency
of France," the 88-year-old Nobel peace laureate wrote.
"I am confident that under your leadership, the French people will
look to the future with hope, confidence and a spirit of unity," he
"I look forward to working with you to strengthen and expand the
historical ties of friendship and cooperation between our two peoples
Hollande was elected France´s first Socialist president in nearly two
decades on Sunday, dealing a humiliating defeat to incumbent Nicolas
Sarkozy. (Copyright © 2012 Agence France Presse. 05/07/12)
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