Russia cancels visit to Iran

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
The Chairman of the Russian Parliament’s foreign affairs committee met yesterday with Director-General of the Israeli Foreign Ministry Aharon Abramovich and told him that the committee had recently cancelled a visit to Teheran in response to the recent Holocaust denial conference held there a earlier this month.

Abramovich conducted several meetings with Russian officials including Foreign Minister Sergey Levrov, chairman of the National Security Council Igor Ivanov, and Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Saltanov. All of Abramovich’s counterparts expressed their disgust from the Holocaust denial conference held in Iran.

During the meetings, two major issues came up: The situation in the Palestinian Authority, and the Israeli attempts to start dialogue. Abramovich emphasized that the Israeli expectation is to see a Palestinian government who will accept the three basic conditions of the Quartet as a base for dialogue.

Abramovich also voiced Israel’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear ambitions and the importance of effective sanctions against Iran which will have power to influence the decision-making process of the Iranians concerning their nuclear program.

Abramovich also raised the issue of the three kidnapped soldiers and asked for Russia’s help in returning the soldiers home safely and soon.

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