FM Livni met with heads of leading Chinese research institutes and with communication media analysts specializing in Middle Eastern issues, to discuss the urgent need to impose additional, more stringent sanctions on Iran.

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni, currently on an official visit to China, met today (Monday, 29th October) with heads of Chinese research institutes closely associated with the government and with communication media analysts specializing in Middle Eastern issues, and discussed the urgent need to impose additional, more stringent sanctions on Iran. "The Iranian regime is a dangerous regime that openly talks of its vision of wiping a state off the map and of imposing its radical, extreme ideology on the world. Iran analyzes the world’s conduct on this issue, and only a determined, united world can stop it. The sanctions are important, but they themselves cannot stop Iran. The time has come to intensify the sanctions and to take additional decisions in the Security Council, where China is a Permanent Member, for additional deeper and more significant sanctions". 

FM Livni added that "Not only countries should be active against Iran. The business sector, especially the Chinese business sector, has an important role to play in any activity against a nuclear Iran. Neither China nor the world can afford the domino effect that will be created in the region if the Iranian regime manages to obtain the technology it seeks".

Later today, FM Livni will address the faculty and students of international relations at the People’s University in Beijing and meet with senior Communist Party officials in the Chinese capital.