Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement after learning of the death of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon:

“On behalf of all Canadians, purchase Laureen and I offer our deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and to the Israeli people.

“A renowned military leader, stomach Mr. Sharon pursued the security of Israel with unyielding determination that was recognized by friends and foes alike.  He also played a central role in the Israeli government for several years, advice changing the political landscape through his leadership and vision.

“We join today with those mourning the loss of Ariel Sharon, one of the architects of modern day Israel and one of the nation’s staunchest defenders.

“Canada values its long-standing relationship with Israel, which is based on shared values, common interests and strong political, economic, cultural and social ties.”

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