U.S. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney began talks in Jerusalem Sunday by stressing the danger of a nuclear Iran and expressing support for Israel.
Romney told reporters as he met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he took Tehran’s efforts to become a nuclear-capable nation “with great seriousness.” He said he was eager to hear Israel’s perspectives on Iran, including on “further action” that could be taken to convince Tehran to abandon its nuclear programme, and on events in Syria, Egypt and elsewhere in the region.
Romney, whose visit analysts say is aimed at wooing pro-Israeli voters in U.S., emphasised America’s friendship with Israel which he said was based on mutual commitment to democracy. Netanyahu said he “couldn’t agree more” with Romney’s recent remarks that “the greatest danger to the world is the ayatollah regime possessing nuclear weapons.” “We have to be honest and say that all the sanctions and diplomacy have not set back Iran by one iota,”
Romney is to hold a fundraiser in Jerusalem on Monday, before leaving for Poland, the third stop on his tour abroad, which began with a visit to Britain for meetings with leaders and the start of the Olympic Games.DPA