German Chancellor Angela Merkel said at a news conference in Berlin on Monday that she would welcome Iran’s participation in the ongoing fight against ISIS in Syria, however Iran’s attitude and slander towards Israel must change.
“I think Iran has a lot of influence over what happens in Syria. And everyone is welcome to participate constructively in the negotiations,” she said.
She added, however, that Iran’s opposition to Israel needed to change in order to facilitate a joint fight in the war against ISIS. “It is not acceptable how Iran continues to talk about Israel,” Merkel said. “It is a disappointment that there has been no change as far as the recognition of Israel goes.”
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani accused Israel on Monday of being founded on the basis of terror and continuing that legacy to the present day.
“This regime began its work on the basis of intimidation, terror and occupation, and is continuing [on] the same anti-human path today,” Iran’s Press TV quoted Rouhani as saying on Monday at an international conference commemorating the Iranian victims of terrorism.
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