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Israeli FM tells Blinken of ‘serious reservations’ with regards to Iran

Blinken stated that the US supports Israel's normalization accords, but they cannot be a substitute for engaging in issues between the Israelis and Palestinians.

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Israel has stern misgivings about the Iran nuclear pact attempted to be re-established in Vienna, Yair Lapid, Israel’s new foreign minister, told his American counterpart, as he promised to fix “the mistakes made” between the two countries over the past few years.

In their first meeting since Israel’s new government was established just two weeks ago, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Yair Lapid said they would also discuss Israel’s normalization agreements with the Gulf states. Blinken said he would also be exchanging thoughts on the issue of humanitarian assistance into Gaza.

Blinken said the US supports Israel’s normalization accords with the Gulf states, though they cannot be a substitute for engaging in issues between the Israelis and Palestinians.

Iran and the United States have been holding indirect talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers, that imposed restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for lifting international sanctions.

“Israel has some serious reservations about the Iran nuclear deal that is being put together in Vienna. We believe the way to discuss those disagreements is through direct conversations, not in press conferences,” Lapid said in his brief remarks before the meeting in Rome began. He also said Israel will be working to improve ties with Washington.

“In the past few years, mistakes were made. Israel’s bipartisan standing was hurt, and we will fix those mistakes together,” he added.

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