French President Francois Hollande’s vowed to take a hard line toward Iran in nuclear talks this week as he began a three-day visit to Israel on Sunday.
Iran’s suspected nuclear program will be high on the agenda. France is a member of the six global powers conducting negotiations with Iran.
The countries fear that Iran is trying to build a nuclear weapon, a charge Iran denies.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opposes a potential deal lifting some sanctions on Iran while leaving the Islamic Republic with uranium-enrichment capabilities.
Speaking at a welcome address the French president made his stance clear: “France will not make concessions on nuclear proliferation. We will maintain all its measures and sanctions until we are certain that Iran has renounced nuclear weapons,” said Hollande.
Hollande will meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Monday. Later he will address the Israeli parliament and meet Israeli President Shimon Peres.