Kazakhstan could assist with resolution of Middle East conflict: Israeli president
Israeli President Shimon Peres says Kazakhstan could play a significant role in resolution of the Middle East problem.
The so-called Middle East Quartet which includes Russia, U.S., European Union and UN is engaged in the resolution of the Middle East problem.
"I believe that Kazakhstan under the leadership of President (Nazarbayev) can play a significant role in ending conflict in the Middle East," Peres told a joint press conference with Kazakh president on Tuesday in Astana as a part of his state visit to Kazakhstan, RIA Novosti reported.
"I am very glad to hear the thoughts and views of the President regarding this issue," Peres said.
Nazarbayev said "the issue of Middle East peace settlement is the key in the whole region."
"We are closer to this region, so keenly feel this," he said.
The Kazakh president said "any conflict that we want to resolve peacefully is resolved at the negotiating table."
War rulers usually start and nobody knows how to finish it. This is exactly the same situation there," Nazarbayev said.
"If there were a peace in the region, this would benefit all, especially Arab states and would benefit Israel. We would have won if there were a great trade with the region close to us and this would benefit the entire world," he said.
He said the conflicts in the 21st century must be solved by "reason, but cannons."
Israeli president invited Nazarbayev to visit Israel.
"I would like to take this opportunity to say that the State of Israel will be very pleased to accept President (Nazarbayev), if he comes to us with the third visit and delivers a speech in our Parliament," Israel president said.
"I hope that the rapprochement between our peoples will continue," he said.