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Lieberman to discuss Iran around the world

Foreign minister to leave for visits to Austria, Kazakhstan, Holland, and Denmark as part of new widening foreign policy
Roni Sofer

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is set to leave for a round of visits abroad this week, after recently returning from Africa, South America, and the Balkans.


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This time Lieberman will visit Austria, Kazakhstan, Holland, and Denmark, mainly in order to discuss the topic of Iran.


Lieberman says he wants to "invest effort in nations that have not received attention from Israel until now".


Thus, on Wednesday he will ask Austria to quit its cooperation with Tehran in the field of oil refining, because the companies involved in this market are run by the Ayatollah regime.


The four-day trip will also include a visit to Kazakhstan, the largest Muslim country in the world. There Lieberman will ask the local leadership for support for international measures to halt Iran's nuclear program.


In January, Kazakhstan will begin to chair the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and as of 2011 will also chair the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC). Lieberman plans to discuss cooperation between Israel and Kazakhstan as part of its position in the two organizations.


The foreign minister is also scheduled to meet with his French counterpart, Bernard Kouchner, following the latter's request. Lieberman has clarified that the object of this meeting, as well as those in Holland and Denmark, is "to bolster Israel's status by widening the wingspan of its foreign policy".


Lieberman will also meet with Israeli ambassadors to Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain, as well as the ambassador to the EU.