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MIDEAST: Terzi in Israel, meeting with President Shimon Peres

Minister Giulio Terzi is in Jerusalem, where he met this morning with President Shimon Peres, and will later have an encounter with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his colleague Avigdor Lieberman. Discussions are to centre on economic cooperation, ahead of the 25 October intergovernmental summit in Tel Aviv, and a series of international dossiers that include Iran. Terzi will also visit the Holocaust Museum Yad Vashem and meet with Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal.

With regard to Syria, Peres said that the situation “is no longer tolerable as human beings; the bloodbath must be stopped”, while also expressing Israel’s fears concerning Iran’s nuclear programme, which he defined “the biggest problem”, and the hope that diplomatic pressure on Teheran would continue, along with the caveat that “there is a time limit”.

Speaking about Italy’s economic situation, Peres underscored that “it is better than the official statistics say. Italians”, Peres added, “belong to a luminous part of history”.

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