French President Nicolas Sarkozy has sent a letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu offering close cooperation with Israel on Iran sanctions.
The letter came less than a week after reports that Sarkozy called the Israeli prime minister a “liar” and said that he “cannot stand him” during a private conversation with President Barack Obama at the G-20 summit.
The letter was uncharacteristically signed in Sarkozy’s own handwriting using the words “with friendship,” Ynetnews reported. It is believed that Sarkozy is trying to minimize the damage over the reported exchange between him and Obama.
Sarkozy, responding to the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog’s report on Iran’s nuclear program, condemns Iran and promises to call for harsher sanctions against Iran.
The French newspaper Le Figaro reported that Sarkozy could visit Israel in January to clarify his statements, but that has not officially been confirmed. — jta