The leaders of Israel and Italy Thursday evening proclaimed their shared goal of preventing Iran from acquiring an atom bomb.
Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti, accompanied by an entourage of senior ministers, landed in Israel earlier in the day for a one- day visit and a meeting with his counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu. His visit was highlighted by the signing of several cooperation agreements.
"We discussed the great economic and security challenges, and reiterated the importance of our position that Iran be prevented from achieving nuclear weapons, and that sanctions and international pressure must be applied to this end," Netanyahu said at a joint press conference in Jerusalem.
Without naming Iran, the Italian leader, on his second visit to Israel in six months, said Europe's security is intertwined with Israel's security.
"We absolutely reject threats to regional stability and denial of the Holocaust," Monti said, "Any threat to Israel is unacceptable."
Source and full story: Xinhua, 26 Oct 2012