Iran and trade lead Bibi-May talks

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LEE HARPIN

BEN­JAMIN NET ANY AH U warned Theresa May on Mon­day that Iran“seeks to an­ni­hi­late Is­rael” and “threat­ens the world” as the pair met for the first time for talks at Down­ing Street.

The two prime min­is­ters also dis­cussed bi­lat­eral trade and Middle East peace dur­ing a work­ing lunch.

Mrs May said she was will­ing to dis­cuss Iran, but Down­ing Street later stressed the “nu­clear deal is vi­tal and must be prop­erly en­forced and po­liced ”.

The pair es­tab­lished a new UK-Is­rael trade work­ing group “to pre­pare the ground for a post-Brexit trade agree- ment”. Mrs May re­it­er­ated Bri­tain’s call for a two-state so­lu­tion and said the UK was a “strong and close friend of Is­rael” as she high­lighted their co-op­er­a­tion in sci­ence, trade and se­cu­rity.

Mr Ne­tanyahu had ear­lier told his Bri­tish coun­ter­part: “Iran seeks to an­ni­hi­late Is­rael, it seeks to con­quer the Middle East, it threat­ens Europe, it threat­ens the West, it threat­ens the world. And it of­fers provo­ca­tion af­ter provo­ca­tion.”

High­light­ing Bri­tain’s strong links with Is­rael in trade, se­cu­rity and sci­ence, Mrs May said there was more the coun­tries could do to build on the col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­forts.

She in­vited Mr Ne­tanyahu to at­tend Bal­four Dec­la­ra­tion events in the UK to mark the 100 year an­niver­sary of the sign­ing in Novem­ber.

In re­turn, she was in­vited to visit the Is­raeli leader in Jerusalem.

Mr Ne­tanyahu’s ar­rival in West­min­ster was greeted by a demonstration by the Pales­tine Sol­i­dar­ity Cam­paign and a counter-demo or­gan­ised by the Zion­ist Fed­er­a­tion.

Around 200 pro­test­ers from the PSC and around 150 from the ZF demon­strated in White­hall. A large po­lice pres­ence en­sured the protests went ahead with­out in­ci­dent.

The Is­raeli leader also held talks with Boris John­son, the For­eign Sec­re­tary.

PHOTO: PA

Pro and an­tiIs­rael groups lined up in White­hall as Mr Ne­tanyahu ar­rived

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