French President Nicolas Sarkozy told Jewish community in Paris he would refuse to greet any world leader who refused to recognize Israel – a remark apparently ruling out any face-to-face meetings with Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Nicolas Sarkozy made the off-the-cuff remark in a speech to the French-Jewish community in which he reaffirmed his strong support for international sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program.
“I won’t shake hands with people who refuse to recognize Israel,” Nicolas Sarkozy declared at an annual event hosted by the Representative Council of Jewish Organizations in France (CRIF).
Nicolas Sarkozy announced he would visit Israel in May to mark the 60th anniversary of Israel’s founding after a March visit to Paris by Israel President Shimon Peres.
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