Report: Netanyahu tells ministers not to publicly discuss Obama, Rouhani conversation

September 28, 2013 19:28

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has advised all coalition ministers to refrain from speaking publicly about Friday's telephone conversation between US President Barack Obama and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, Israeli media reported on Saturday.

The conversation marked the first direct contact between Iranian and US presidents since the Iranian Islamic Revolution in 1979. It came as Iran has expressed a willingness to negotiate on its nuclear program.While the US has cautiously accepted Iran's newfound willingness to negotiate, Netanyahu has warned that Tehran is continuing to pursue nuclear weapons. He was set to leave for the US on Saturday evening, where he will meet with Obama and address the UN General Assembly in the coming days.

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