Ayalon calls on UN to implement oil embargo on Iran

February 9, 2012 18:12

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon called on the UN Thursday to implement an oil embargo on Iran to pressure the Islamic Republic over its controversial nuclear program.

Meeting with senior officials in the Colombian capital of Bogota, Ayalon said it was important the South American country push for an embargo of Iranian crude "without delay," according to a press release from his office. Colombia chairs the UN committee on Iranian sanctions, which mostly target the Islamic Republic's military and nuclear development.

Ayalon called on Colombia, an energy exporter, to increase its oil output in order to stabilize energy markets amid fears that a crisis with Iran will cause a major increase in oil prices.

The deputy foreign minister thanked Colombia for supporting the diplomatic process with the Palestinians, and for its opposition to unilateral moves by the Palestinian Authority, such as the PA's bid to join the United Nations.

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