LONDON – British Foreign Secretary William Hague told Vice Premier Dan Meridor on Monday that while pressure on Iran and engagement with the Islamist regime is Britain’s approach, all options are on the table.
Hague had a working lunch with Meridor, who is on an official two-day visit to the UK.
The two discussed the serious threat posed by the Iranian nuclear program and agreed on the urgent need for Iran to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency and engage in meaningful talks with the P5+1 [UK, US, China, France, Germany and Russia].
“I outlined Britain’s policy of a dual track approach of pressure and engagement, while keeping all options on the table,” Hague said.
The British foreign secretary agreed to broaden and deepen UK-Israeli ties paying tribute to the “strong and deep relationship” between the two countries. “We welcomed the excellent progress on trade between the UK and Israel, which increased last year by 34 percent to £3.75 billion,” he said. “We discussed our growing co-operation in the high-technology sector, as reflected in the launch this week of the UK-Israel Technology Council.”
Hague and Meridor also discussed their concerns over the current state of the Middle East peace process.
“The dramatic events in the region over the past year mean that finding a lasting peace is more important than ever and even more vital for Israel’s long-term security,” Hague said. “Achieving this will require bold and courageous leadership on both sides.”