Israel, Germany plan global meet to pressure Iran

March 21st, 2008 - 5:45 pm ICT by admin  

Jerusalem, March 21 (Xinhua) Israel and Germany plan to organise an international conference aimed at creating pressure on Iran to stop its controversial nuclear programme, Ha’aretz newspaper reported Friday on its website. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had been on a three-day Israel visit starting last Sunday, agreed on the plan during their meeting here Monday, the report said.

Olmert and Merkel discussed ways to step up international pressure on Iran that has built following the third round of sanctions imposed by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), according to Ha’aretz.

The sanctions resolution, adopted by the UNSC March 3, called for more travel and financial curbs on Iranian individuals and companies and made some restrictions mandatory.

It also expanded a previous partial ban on trade in items with both civilian and military uses to cover sales of all such technology to Iran.

Olmert suggested holding an international conference on Iran, a senior Israeli source disclosed, adding that a widely supported international gathering would create diplomatic pressure on Iran.

The two leaders decided to put forward the initiative and would try to get other states to back it, including the US, France, Britain, Russia, China and the Arab countries, according to the source.

Israel hopes that states from the moderate Sunni states in the Middle East, such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and others would take part in the conference.

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