Iranian and Hezbollah backed terrorism present a danger to almost every European country, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday during a one day visit to Cyprus.
“Iran and Hezbollah organize a terrorist network that covers over thirty countries on five continents, including Europe, just about every country in Europe,” Netanyahu said.
He spoke as EU’s foreign policy chief Frederica Mogherini visited Teheran to meet with its Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to help normalize relations in the aftermath of the Iran deal
to curb the country’s nuclear program.
Iran and the European Union have agreed to start talks on various issues, Zarif told a joint news conference with Mogherini.
"High-level talks will be held between Iran and the European Union over different issues, including energy cooperation ... human rights, confronting terrorism and regional issues," Zarif said.
Mogherini said implementation of the nuclear deal "depends on political will of all parties involved", adding: "The implementation of the deal will pave the ground for wider cooperation between Iran and the West."
Netanyahu is on a campaign against the deal and has warned that it legitimizes Iran’s nuclear weapons program as well as its aggressive and terrorist behavior in the region.
After his meeting with Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, Netanyahu said, “We are faced with a very unstable world which while it forges new opportunities also presents new dangers.”
“The dangers come primarily from militant Islam, either led by the radical Shiites headed by Iran or led by the radical Sunnis, at the moment headed by ISIS,” he said.
Cyprus and Europe are in danger from the terrorism that emanates from these areas, Netanyahu said.
He added, “ISIS obviously endangers European societies, Western societies, African societies, the whole world, in its own way. And we are committed to help our friends, the same embattled societies counter the threat of terrorism, but also bolster our defenses in other ways and we are constantly in touch on this and prepared to do more with each other.”
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