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Israel’s President Herzog at meeting with EU Commission head: ’It is about time that Europe takes a very firm stance on Iran’

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Israeli President Isaac said that ‘’it is about time that Europe takes a very firm stance on Iran as it is a challenge not only to Israel, the region, the Middle East but also to Europe and the world.’’

He made the statement as he met Wednesday in Brussels with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in the framework of his two-day visit to Belgium and the EU institutions;

“Iran is fighting Ukrainian citizens by supplying drones and lethal weapons, endangering the world by rushing toward nuclear capabilities, killing and torturing its own citizens,’’ he stated during the meeting at the EU Commission building.

During the meeting, the two discussed Israel-EU relations, which find expression in extensive and comprehensive collaborations in trade, agriculture, tourism, and aviation, as well as R&D and culture. They also discussed ways to deepen cooperation in additional fields, such as energy, food security, climate, and more.

“Thank you, Madame President; it’s an honor again to see you here. And it is an honor to see you after you visited us in Israel; it was a wonderful visit, which is remembered by all because you are a true friend,” Herzog said.

“I also want to thank you wholeheartedly for pursuing the memory of the Holocaust, the Shoah.’’

On Thursday, Herzog will address the European Parliament marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day during a special session of the EU assembly and meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

On Wednesday, the Israeli president met Belgium’s King Philippe at the Royal Palace, visited the Athénée Ganenou Jewish school where he met pupils of all ages and addressed the Jewish community of Brussels and Antwerp in the Great Synagogue of Europe.

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