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West asks Israel to recognise Geneva deal

February 10, 2014 at 12:13 pm

Haaretz said on Tuesday that several Western countries have asked Israel, publicly and in private, to stop criticising the Geneva deal over Iran’s nuclear programme. According to the Israeli newspaper European diplomats said that they had conveyed messages to Israel advising it to stop criticising the interim deal between the P5+1 countries and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear programme and to cooperate with the major world powers to prepare for the talks about a permanent agreement.

US President Barack Obama conveyed a similar message during his recent discussion with Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said Haaretz. The United States, said Obama, wants to hear Israel’s position on a permanent deal. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius apparently conveyed the same message to Israel’s Minister of Strategic Affairs, Yuval Steinitz.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, meanwhile, warned Israel on Monday that the major powers will not allow any state, including Israel, to thwart the agreement.

According to Haaretz, the major world powers of the US, Russia, China, the UK and France, plus Germany, have assured Israel that they will not allow the interim deal with Iran to be turned into a permanent agreement.