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UK Foreign Minister on Discussions About Iran Upon Arrival in Israel

Liza Cablayan Journalist at Israel Now
Published on September 06, 2020
UK Foreign Minister on Discussions About Iran Upon Arrival in Israel
#Military #Politics

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met leaders of Israel and Palestine officials on the 25th of August to strengthen the ties between the two countries. Raab was also there to encourage the peace between the two, although the UK’s feelings towards Iran and the decision to not continue with a vote at the UN to lift the arms embargo against the Iranian regime was at the top of the list.

Raab met Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Askenazi in Tel Aviv, and they discussed Israeli Bilateral relations and regional issues. They also reached out on trade, economy and joint research into corona.

The UK’s decision to not vote resulted in getting the embargo lifted was disappointing, according to the Israeli Foreign Minister. What happened speeded up the arming of Iran, Ashkenazi mentioned this during the meeting.

When the UK Foreign Minister met with the Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, they discussed regional issues in Israel, and assured the UK’s commitment to Israel’s security. There were reports that Gantz mentioned Israel’s concern on enabling the arms embargo once again on Iran.

They put the arms embargo on Iran to vote at the UN Security Council, and it is the country considered being the world’s leader of state-sponsored terrorism that has put stated it goals of removing Israel from the face of earth. Iran is now allowed to buy weapons or develop any with nothing stopping them. 

It has concerned Israel and other Arab countries in the region. It is the very reason the UK’s decision to not vote at all has been the constant talk of the town for politicians in Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu directly told Raab that the UK needs to change tack as far as its stance towards Iran. He also mentioned that the UK should join the US in putting back in place the sanctions against Iran.