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December 9, 2013 9:55 am

U.S. Ambassador Downplays Reports of Linkage Between Iran and PA Talks

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U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro. Photo: Gil Hadani/Allpix.

Times of Israel – The United States hasn’t tied progress in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks to efforts to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the US ambassador to Israel said Monday morning, playing down recent chatter regarding a possible “linkage” between the two diplomatic processes.

“There is no connection between these two issues,” Dan Shapiro told Army Radio. “These two issues are connected to Israel’s security, our security, and the security of the entire Middle East, for a quieter and more stable region. But we do not see in this any connection in which we are required to give in one and receive in the other.”

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