NEWS
11/05/2016 10:59 EDT | Updated 11/06/2017 00:12 EST

Governor General ends Middle East tour with a call for Israeli, Palestinian peace

OTTAWA — Gov. Gen. David Johnston is reaffirming Canada's support for a negotiated peace between Israelis and Palestinians as he wraps up an eight-day visit to the Middle East.

Johnston, who was in Jerusalem on Saturday, tells The Canadian Press that resolving the historic conflict will help solve many of the problems currently plaguing the region.

He says Canada believes a two-state solution involving the creation of an independent state of Palestine next to Israel is the best solution.

Johnston's comments coincide with growing concerns about the peace process.

Negotiations have been stalled for years, and there are fears that a new round of armed violence between Israelis and Palestinians could break out at any moment.

Johnston is the first sitting Governor General from Canada to make state visits to Israel and Jordan.

The tour, which also included a stop in the West Bank, is expected to feed into the Liberal government's effort to recalibrate Canada's policy in the Middle East after a decade of hardline support for Israel under Stephen Harper.