The time has come to intensify sanctions against Iran and to make them more effective.

(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

During her visit to Luxembourg, Vice Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Livni met with the new Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini.

FM Livni told him: "The time has come to intensify sanctions against Iran and to make them more effective, in the framework of both the UN Security Council and the European Union.

The two ministers also discussed the need to make the UNIFIL force in southern Lebanon more effective and to prevent arms smuggling into Lebanon.