Barack Obama - AP - 23.4.2012
Barack Obama speaking in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 23, 2012. Photo by AP
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U.S. President Barack Obama sent Tuesday a letter to his Israeli counterpart Shimon Peres, congratulating him on the occasion of Israel's 64th anniversary, adding that the United States was "steadfast in its commitment to Israel’s security."

In the White House missive, the American president extended "warmest regards and congratulations on behalf of the American people," adding: "Based on shared values and interests, the bonds between our two countries are deep and strong."

"In a time of momentous change, the United States remains steadfast in its commitment to Israel’s security and a comprehensive peace in the region," Obama said.

The U.S. president culminated by saying that, "as we work together to pursue common goals and meet shared challenges, I wish the State of Israel continued prosperity and a peaceful future."

Obama's missive came as, later Tuesday, Israel will remember fallen soldiers and servicemen and women, as it marks its annual Memorial Day.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and president Peres are both expected to speak at the central Memorial Day memorial at the Western Wall, in Jerusalem's Old city.