"It is important that the dialogue with Iran be limited, and if after three months it will become clear that the Iranians stalling and are not shelving their nuclear program, the international community will be required to take practical measures against them," Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi during their meeting in Rome Tuesday.
During the meeting, which ran over an hour, Lieberman asked that Berlusconi convince Russia to sever its ties with Hamas and Hizbullah, "who are terror organizations that act against the West's allies in the Middle East, including Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.
Lieberman (L) and Berlusconi in Rome Tuesday (Photo: AFP)
The FM further told Berlusconi that the Israeli government was currently formulating a new policy regarding the peace process, and stressed that any future agreement must preserve Israel's security and guarantee economic growth for the Palestinians.
Lieberman also expressed interest in the Italian PM's "Marshall Plan" to boost the Palestinian economy.
During the meeting the FM extended Berlusconi an official invitation to visit Israel from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
During his first European tour as foreign minister, Lieberman is also scheduled to visit the Czech Republic and Germany. He is trying to keep a low profile after his remarks against the two-state solution stirred caused an international uproar.