Netanyahu in London to Meet Theresa May on Iran

LONDON – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday in London. The two leaders are expected to discuss the nuclear deal with Iran and Tehran’s meddling in Syria.

Netanyahu landed in London on Wednesday after meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron a day earlier in Paris. 

Later, Netanyahu will also meet with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.

Emmanuel Macron, wife Brigitte, Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara, at the unveiling ceremony at the Grand Palais of the exhibition “Israel@Lights”, June 5, 2018CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON/AFP

At a joint press conference, Macron said that the two leaders discussed Iran’s growing influence in the region and the 2015 nuclear deal. Macron stressed the importance of the nuclear accord but said it should but said it should be complemented with an agreement that would target Tehran’s ballistic-missile program and activities in the region.

Netanyahu, for his part, said he did not ask Macron to withdraw from the nuclear deal. “I didn’t ask France to withdraw from JCPOA because I think it will be dissolved by weight of economic forces,” Netanyahu said.

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Macron also criticized the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, saying it led to "people dying" and did not promote peace.