(Communicated by the Office of the President)
President Peres met on Wednesday morning (4 December 2012) with the new Apostolic
Nuncio Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto at a formal ceremony at the President's
Residence in Jerusalem in which five new ambassadors, among them Archbishop
Lazzarotto, presented their Letters of Credence to President Peres. President
Peres congratulated Archbishop Lazzarotto on his position and said, "I have the
highest regard for His Holiness and I was glad to see that he started to Tweet.
Today we have the best relationship between Israel and the Holy See in the last
2000 years. That is the main story and I hope those relations will continue to
improve. We feel that the relationship now is deeper and wider than ever before,
a relationship that looks to the future.
President Peres added that in Israel, "There is an attempt by the heads of
the three religions to make peace, peace amongst the people not just the
governments. It's a great contribution because religion has a spiritual impact
upon people, which is no less important than material strength. It is peace that
we need more than anything else, peace in faith and peace in our daily
President Shimon Peres also welcomed
Pope Benedict XVI to Twitter with a special Tweet which read; "Your
holiness, welcome to Twitter. Our relations with the Vatican are at their best
and can form a basis to further peace everywhere."
Archbishop Lazzarotto said to President Peres, "I have the pleasure and honor
to convey to your Excellency cordial greetings from His Holiness Pope Benedict.
He sends cordial greetings to you and through you to the people of Israel. The
important thing is to have goodwill and look for what we have in common, what
unites us and always find a common way to walk together. We should work together
for peace, for good understanding and for dialogue."
President Peres also accepted the credentials of four other ambassadors:
- H.E. Mr. Pjer Šimunović, Ambassador of Croatia
- H.E. Mr. Andreas Bau, Ambassador of Switzerland
- H.E. Mr. Jaideep Sarkar, Ambassador of India
- H.E. Count John Cornet d’Elzius, Ambassador of Belgium
President Peres wished the ambassadors success and said: "I welcome you to
Israel. We will do all we can to help you in your mission of deepening relations
between our countries. I am certain that you will make a real contribution in
expanding the cooperation between us in many fields of endeavor."
The five new ambassadors thanked the president for the honor of serving in
Israel and for the chance of contributing to the strengthening of relations and
broadening cooperation with their countries. They noted the warm welcome welcome
they have enjoyed since their arrival in Israel.
President Peres receives credentials of Indian Ambassador Sarkar (Photo: GPO)
President Peres receives credentials of Belgian Ambassador Count John Cornet d’Elzius
President Peres with Swiss Ambassador Andreas Bau (Photo: MFA)
President Peres with Croatian Ambassador Pjer Šimunović (Photo: MFA)