DFM Ayalon expressed his appreciation of the European leadership of the sanctions against Iran, and emphasized the importance of the enforcement and application of existing sanctions.

 DFM Ayalon opens Israel-EU strategic dialogue

 

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(Communicated by the Deputy Foreign Minister’s Bureau)

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon today (Monday 6 September 2010) opened the strategic dialogue between Israel and the European Union on weapons control and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The EU delegation is headed by Annalisa Giannella, the EU Special Representative for non-proliferation of WMD.

During the dialogue, the two delegations discussed the issues of the Iranian nuclearization, the NPT Review Conference and other arms control issues. DFM Ayalon expressed his appreciation to Ms. Giannella for the European leadership of the sanctions against Iran, and emphasized the importance of the enforcement and application of existing sanctions.

DFM Ayalon stated that "We are aware that negotiations between the international community and Iran may be renewed after the end of Ramadan. We feel it is extremely important that the negotiations should focus on the core components of the nuclear issue: Complete and immediate suspension of uranium enrichment, enabling free access to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors and full replies to IAEA questions regarding military research."