Israel’s Netanyahu to Discuss Iran With French, German Leaders Next Week

Meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Davos, Switzerland. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom GPO

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet the leaders of France, Germany and possibly Britain next week to discuss ways to stop what he called Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional expansionism, he said on Monday.

His European tour follows the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal which the European signatories, France, Germany and Britain, have said they will stick to. Netanyahu called the pact, which lifted economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for limits on its nuclear program, a “disaster.”

“I will go to Europe next week. I will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and possibly British Prime Minister Theresa May,” Netanyahu said in broadcast remarks.

“I will discuss with them halting Iran’s nuclear aspirations and also stopping Iran’s expansion in the Middle East,” he continued. “I will present our positions as clearly as possible. There were years when we stood alone in the face of these two threats. I think the situation has changed for the better.”

French diplomats said Iran would be a key issue when Netanyahu visits Paris on June 5, and when he meets Merkel in Berlin.

 Reuters and Algemeiner Staff



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