President Shim'on Peres said, Friday morning, "In spite of all the difficulties, the time is right for peace." Speaking before a meeting with British Foreign Secretary William Hague, Peres said the process is slow and long "positive developments on our side, on the Palestinian side and on the Arab side" cannot be ignored. He thanked Hague for his position on Iran and the fight against terror, as well as the need to advance the peace process, calling the timing of Hague's visit to the region "timely and important".
Hague said Britain wanted to expand the fields in which it has close cooperation with Israel. Referring to the efforts of Secretary of State John Kerry of the United States, he said "It is a crucial time in the entire region with the Iranian nuclear program, the tragic situation in Syria and our hope that we can, through supporting Secretary Kerry and his work, really help to make some decisive moves forward for permanent peace."