Theresa May has spoken to her Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu today to discuss Britain’s relationship with Israel.
In the conversation this morning the two prime ministers discussed security co-operation, bilateral trade, and the Iran nuclear deal.
Mrs May said Britain remains “firmly committed to the deal”.US President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed concerns about the future of the agreement.
Mr Netanyahu is due to come to London next month for a gala dinner to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.
A Downing Street spokesperson said Mrs May and Mr Netanyahu had agreed security links between the two countries were “very strong, particularly on counter-terrorism where we face shared challenges”.
On trade, a new working group set up earlier this year has already met to discuss “how to ensure the freest possible post-Brexit trading relationship”. The group’s discussions have been “constructive”, the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added: “They discussed Iran, with the Prime Minister noting the importance of the nuclear deal with Iran which has neutralised the possibility of the Iranians acquiring nuclear weapons for more than a decade.
“The Prime Minister said the UK remains firmly committed to the deal and that we believe it is vitally important for regional security.”
Mrs May told Mr Netanyahu it was “important that the deal is carefully monitored and properly enforced, and that both sides deliver on their commitments”.
The spokesperson said the prime ministers “agreed that the international community needed to be clear-eyed about the threat that Iran poses to the Gulf and the wider Middle East, and that the international community should continue working together to push back against Iran’s destabilising regional activity”.