Israel will remain America closest allies

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Washington: Observing that Israel will always be one of his country`s closest allies, US President Barack Obama has said that his administration is committed to a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

"This is a period of profound change in the Middle East and North Africa, as people across the region courageously pursue the path of dignity and self-governance," Obama said as he greeted people of Israel yesterday on the occasion of their 63rd Independence Day.

"Just as I know that Israel will always be one of our closest allies, I believe that the region can be more peaceful and prosperous when its people are able to fulfill their legitimate aspirations," he said.

"We will continue our efforts with Israel and others in the region to achieve a comprehensive peace, including a two-state solution, and to working together toward a future of peace, security and dignity for the people of Israel and all the people of the region," Obama said.

"Sixty-three years ago, when Israel declared its independence, the dream of a state for the Jewish people in their historic homeland was finally realised. On that same day, the US became the first country in the world to recognise the State of Israel," he said.

The US President extended best wishes of the American people to the people of Israel to honor their remarkable achievements over the past six decades.

"Our two nations share a unique and unbreakable bond of friendship that is anchored in common interests and shared values, and the United States unwavering commitment to Israel`s security. I have every confidence that the strong relationship between our countries will grow deeper with each passing year," Obama said.

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