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Netanyahu to discuss Iran with French, German leaders next week



  FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem on May 27, 2018. Menahem Kahana / Pool via Reuters / File photo
FILE PHOTO: Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu attends the weekly Cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with leaders from France, Germany and possibly the UK next week to discuss ways to stop Iran's nuclear ambitions and regional expansionism, he said Monday.

His European tour follows the US withdrawal from the 2015 Nuclear Accord announced by European signatories France, Germany and the United Kingdom. Netanyahu called the pact, which imposed economic sanctions on Iran in return for limiting its nuclear program, a "disaster."

"I'm going to Europe next week and I'm going to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and possibly British Prime Minister Theresa May," Netanyahu said in radio commentary.

"I will discuss with them, stop Iran's nuclear efforts, and also stop Iran's expansion in the Middle East, and I will present our positions as clearly as possible." There were years when we were alone in the face of these two threats Situation has changed for the better. "

US President Donald Trump said he has abandoned the nuclear deal signed by his predecessor Barack Obama because it does not address the Iranian ballistic missile program, its influence in neighboring countries or what will happen after the expiration of the agreement in 2025.

Macron He said he wanted to address these concerns in a broader international dialogue to complement the nuclear agreement.

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

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Since Trump's decision to abandon the nuclear agreement, European states are trying to ensure that Tehran has sufficient advantages to persuade it to maintain the agreement. Iran is urging Europe on a package of economic measures to offset the impact of the US exit.

(Report by Jeffrey Heller in Jerusalem and John Irish in Paris, written by Jeffrey Heller, edited by Robin Pomeroy)


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