US, Israel see Iran as greatest challenge

Iran is the greatest challenge that the world faces in the Middle East, the US and Israel have said.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2011, 14:18 PM IST

Washington: Iran is the greatest challenge
that the world faces in the Middle East, the United States and
Israel have said and called for continued international
efforts to prevent Tehran from developing a nuclear weapons
capability.

The two countries met in Washington for their semi-annual
strategic dialogue.

The US delegation was led by Deputy Secretary William
Burns while Israeli delegation was led by its Deputy Foreign
Minister Daniel Ayalon, for the semi-annual US-Israel
Strategic Dialogue.

"While today`s Strategic Dialogue covered many subjects,
it is clear that Iran is the greatest challenge we face today
in the Middle East," a joint statement said.

"Iran`s continued noncompliance with its international
obligations related to its nuclear programme, as well as its
continued support for terrorist organisations, are of grave
concern to our two countries and the entire international
community," it said.

"Continued efforts by the international community are
critical to bringing about change in Iranian behaviour and
preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability,"
the joint statement added.

PTI

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