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In {ending up in} U.S., Israel expresses {severe} reservations on Iran nuclear deal

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Rome, Italy, June 27, 2021. Andrew Harnik/Pool via REUTERS

June 27, 2021

By Humeyra Pamuk

ROME (Reuters) – Israel has serious reservations {concerning the} Iran nuclear deal being {come up with} in Vienna, new foreign minister Yair Lapid told his America counterpart, as he pledged {to repair} “the mistakes made” {between your} two countries {within the last} few years.

{Within their} first face-to-face meeting since Israel’s new government was sworn in {fourteen days} ago, U.S. {Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Lapid said {they might} also discuss Israel’s normalization accords with Gulf Arab states.|Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Lapid said {they might} discuss Israel’s normalization accords with Gulf Arab states also.} {Blinken said {he’d} also be raising {the problem} of humanitarian assistance into Gaza.|Blinken said {he’d} be raising {the problem} of humanitarian assistance into Gaza also.}

Iran and {america} {have already been} holding indirect talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers that imposed restrictions on Tehran’s nuclear activities {in trade} for lifting international sanctions.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a nationalist atop of a cross-partisan coalition, has hewed to the opposition of his conservative predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, to the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, {whose caps on projects with bomb-making potential Israel deemed lax too.}

“Israel has some serious reservations {concerning the} Iran nuclear deal {that’s} being {come up with} in Vienna. {We believe {the best way to} discuss those disagreements is through direct…conversations,|We believe {the true} {solution to} discuss those disagreements is through direct…conversations,} not in press conferences,” Lapid said in his brief remarks {prior to the} meeting in Rome began. {He also said Israel {will undoubtedly be} {attempting to} improve ties with Washington.|He said Israel {will undoubtedly be} {attempting to} improve ties with Washington also.}

“{Before} {couple of years}, mistakes were made. {Israel’s bipartisan standing was hurt {and we’ll} fix those mistakes together,|Israel’s bipartisan standing was hurt and {we will} fix those mistakes together,}” he added.

(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk in Rome; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Lisa Shumaker)

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