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PM statement on the release of Sergeant Gilad Shalit

Prime Minister David Cameron has issued a statement on the release of Israeli soldier Sergeant Gilad Shalit and hopes it will "bring peace a step closer".

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Mr Cameron said:

I know that people across Britain will share in the joy and relief felt by Gilad Shalit and his family today.  I can only imagine the heartache of the last five years, and I am full of admiration for the courage and fortitude which Sergeant Shalit and his family have shown through his long cruel and unjustified captivity.  I congratulate Prime Minister Netanyahu and everyone involved for bringing him home safely, and hope this prisoner exchange will bring peace a step closer.

Britain will continue to stand by Israel in defeating terrorism.  We remain strongly committed to the cause of peace in the Middle East - with Israel and a Palestinian state living side by side in security.  We will continue to work for direct negotiations to achieve that end.

Published 18 October 2011