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Gerry Adams Meets Israeli Ambassador

4 September, 2007

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams MP MLA today met the Israeli Ambassador to London, Ambassador Mr Zvi Heifetz.

Yesterday and again today Mr. Adams also spoke with the Palestinian Ambassador to Ireland Dr. Hikmat Ajjuri.

Speaking after his meeting with the Israeli Ambassador, which Mr. Adams described as "useful and informative", the Sinn Féin President said:

"Today's meeting was a good meeting and an opportunity to discuss one of the great problems facing the world today.

"I told the Ambassador that in my opinion the future rights and freedom of the people of Israel are bound up with those of the Palestinian people, and that it will need Israelis and Palestinians working together and defending the rights and freedoms of each other if peace is to be achieved.

"This can only be achieved through dialogue based the relevant UN resolutions. That is the only way forward; all violence should end and all democratic mandates should be respected.

"I also raised the plight of Palestinian prisoners and detainees, the threat to cut off electricity, fuel and water supplies to the Gaza strip and the wall which the Israeli government is building through the Palestinians territories. Finding solutions and reaching agreements will not be easy. It will require leadership on all sides, a willingness to take risks, take initiatives, and a preparedness to compromise." ENDS

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