FM Liberman: Spain, which currently holds the presidency of the European Union, should act decisively to halt Iran’s nuclear program.
(Communicated by the Foreign Minister’s Bureau)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Avigdor Liberman, in Spain for an official visit, met on Thursday, 22 April, with Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero and Foreign Minister Miguel Moratinos.
FM Liberman said at the meeting that Spain, which currently holds the presidency of the European Union, should act decisively to halt Iran’s nuclear program and prevent a nuclear arms race in the Middle East. He said that the Iranian nuclear program is way ahead of preventative actions on the part of the international community.
The sides also discussed the issue of Ghajar village, in light of the fact that the head of the UNIFIL forces in Lebanon is Spanish Major-General Alberto Asarta Cuevas. Liberman said that Israel and the UN are close to an agreement concerning the village. He noted that there have already been five meetings between Israel and the UN, and that the resolution of the disputed issues will help create a more positive atmosphere in the region. Liberman stressed that this agreement must put an end to all claims against Israel, as determined by the UN Secretary General’s report in 2000 following Israel’s withdrawal from Lebanon.
FM Liberman and his hosts discussed the schedule of the Mediterranean Summit in Barcelona and raised a number of ideas. Liberman noted that the Barcelona summit was set up as a professional platform for the purpose of practical cooperation in working on common problems that affect the quality of life in Mediterranean countries, such as the environment, water, refugees and transportation. He warned against allowing this forum to become a staging area for political bashing, as happened at the last meeting concerning water.