International efforts to control Iran’s nuclear program are high on the agenda of meetings in Jerusalem on February 25 between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Merkel arrived in Jerusalem on February 24 for a two-day visit, saying that Germany is working to secure the future of Israel.
Standing beside Merkel at a joint press conference before going into their first meeting, Netanyahu said he wants to discuss ways to prevent Iran from developing the capability to build nuclear weapons.
A day earlier, Netanyahu told his cabinet that Germany and other world powers negotiating with Tehran need to take a hard line to ensure Iran cannot "produce or launch" nuclear weapons.
Merkel and Netanyahu also are expected to discuss U.S. mediated peace talks with the Palestinians.
Germany opposes the construction of new settlements by Israel on occupied Palestinian land.
Based on reports by Reuters, AP and AFP.