Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak congratulated Israel on its 61st anniversary of statehood Wednesday. In a letter of greeting sent to President Shimon Peres he wrote, "I am pleased to express my congratulations for Independence Day".
Mubarak added, "At this opportunity I would like to express anew my expectation for the return of the Middle East peace process to a path that will lead to an end to the violence and bloodshed, in a manner that will allow the establishment of an independent Palestinian state that will exist alongside Israel in peace and security."
Aside from the Egyptian president, Peres has received congratulations from Queen Elizabeth of England, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao, German President Horst Kohler, Austrian President Heinz Fischer, Irish President Mary McAleese, and more.
Medvedev expressed hope that Israel's relations with Russia would bring cooperation and peace to the Middle East.
The Chinese president wrote that his people appreciate the significant progress made by Israel in the construction of its nation, economy, technology, and culture through hard work and wisdom.
"I would be glad to work with you to strengthen the relationship between our countries for the benefit of the Chinese people and the people of Israel," Hu wrote.