Israel raises concerns on Iran with Sri Lanka

Israel today raised concerns over Iran with Sri Lanka’s External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said.

It said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the visiting Sri Lankan Minister that the visit is an opportunity to strengthen the relationship between Sri Lanka and Israel.

He later said Israel faces great challenges of security and peace, with peace being peace with the Palestinians.

“We have another problem. We have the problem of Iran that is continuing to defy the international community, doesn’t seem to seek an end to its military nuclear program. Like North Korea, it continues to defy all the international standards and I believe that this requires the international community to ratchet up its sanctions and make clear that if this continues there will be also a credible military sanction. I think no other means will make Iran obey the wishes of the international community,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Sri Lanka is a close ally of Iran and also opposes any military operation by Israel which targets Palestine.  (Colombo Gazette)