On September 28, 2016, President Xi Jinping sent a message of condolences to President Reuven Rivlin of Israel over the passing of former Israeli leader Shimon Peres, Xi Jinping extended sincere condolences over the passing of Shimon Peres, and offered heartfelt sympathies to families of Shimon Peres and the Israeli people on behalf of the Chinese government, the Chinese people and in his own name.
Xi Jinping said in the message that Mr. Shimon Peres, a senior statesman in Israel, had always been committed to finding a political solution to the Middle East issue. As the founder and promoter of the Middle East peace process, he was deeply respected by the Israeli people and the international community. He had visited China a number of times, making important contributions to the development of China-Israel relations. The passing of Mr. Shimon Peres is a loss of an old friend to the Chinese people.
Xi Jinping stressed that highly valuing the development of China-Israel relations, China is willing to work with Israel to continuously push forward the stable development of bilateral relations.