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Israel president 'ready to meet Iran counterpart'
Published Sunday 08/12/2013 (updated) 10/12/2013 10:57
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Shimon Peres at the International Book Fair in Guadalajara, Mexico,
on Nov. 30, 2013 (AFP/File Hector Guerrero)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres said Sunday he would be prepared to meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, even though their two countries consider each other arch-enemies.

Asked at an economic forum over a possible meeting, Peres replied: "Why not? I don't have enemies. It's not a question of personalities but of policies.

"The aim is to transform enemies into friends," said the president, whose role in Israel is symbolic and ceremonial.

Peres also recalled that "there was a time that we did not meet, for example, with (Palestinian leader) Yasser Arafat," until his Palestine Liberation Organisation recognized Israel.

"We must concentrate all our efforts on making sure Iran does not become a nuclear danger for the rest of the world," he told journalists.

Israel, the sole if undeclared nuclear power in the Middle East, a program of which Peres is considered the father, accuses Iran of working to develop a nuclear bomb, a charge it denies.

Tehran has a long history of belligerent statements towards Israel, which it does not recognize, while Israel has warned of military action to prevent a nuclear Iran that it says would pose an existential threat.
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1 ) Mel / USA
09/12/2013 18:25
"Why not? I don't have any enemies" HaHaHa! That's nauseating coming from a velvet-gloved "Iron Fist"ed Zionist terrorist who's killed thousands of innocent Palestinian people & dropped 1 MILLION Israeli depleted-uranium cluster-bomblets on INNOCENT Lebanese civilians,as a 'present' in the last hours of USG-sponsored Israel acts of war! What a worm! Don't lower yourself, Rouhani!
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