JERUSALEM, Israel, Nov. 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston completed the very first State visit of a Governor General to Israel. Together, with Canadian delegates from key sectors inline with the objectives of the visit, they have reaffirmed Canada's role as a steadfast friend of Israel, and demonstrated its commitment to enhance bilateral relations and to uphold a two-state solution. This historic State visit highlighted how much Canada values its relationship with Israel, based on shared values of respect and inclusivity,with strong educational, economic, cultural and social ties. There was a particular focus on the great potential of Canada as an innovation partner for Israel, which is a renowned startup nation. It was also a moment to engage with the community of Canadians who live, work and support Israel. "This visit showed the deep linkages between Canada and Israel. Our two countries are long time friends and active partners in so many fields. We share common aspirations and values, one of which is the importance of diversity and inclusion. Touching specifically on these themes, my meeting with President Reuven Rivlin was very warm, cordial and memorable. My discussion with Yuli-Yoel Edelstein, the Speaker of the Knesset, was an opportunity to share views about our democratic and parliamentary systems," said the Governor General. "It was a great honour to be the first Canadian to plant a tree in the Grove of Nations, a symbol of the friendship and genuine respect between Canada and Israel. On a more personal note, Sharon and I were deeply moved by our visit to Yad Vashem, which was built by survivors of the Holocaust. This memorial is filled with troubling stories of loss and hate, but also of hope and determination." "In a world of instant and digital communication, face-to-face visits like this are so important to renew exchanges in trade, innovation, education and research, all of which are grounded in our people-to-people relations. These priorities were reinforced during my meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu, where innovation was the focal point of our truly engaging conversation." Here are some of the highlights of the State visit's program.