The participation of Israeli and Iranian officials in a meeting last month in
Switzerland for a proposed conference on a nuclear-free Middle East had no more
significance than when the two countries sit together in at various other
international meetings, a Foreign Ministry official said Tuesday.
was a completely procedural meeting, and there was no contact between the
Israeli and Iranian representatives, the official said, downplaying reports of
Finnish Undersecretary of State Jaakko Laajava is charged
with organizing the Middle East conference. Iran and Israel joined
representatives from a number of Arab states, Russia, Britain and the US at the
An Egyptian-proposed plan for an international conference to lay
the groundwork for a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction was agreed
to in 2010, co-sponsored by Russia, the US and Britain.
official said the meeting was strictly “procedural,” with Israel insisting that
all the decisions about the conference have to be taken by
Reuters contributed to this report.
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