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Israel, UK’s foreign ministers sign ‘2030 roadmap’ in London

The document covers issues including Iranian nuclear threat, bioengineering, ‘gender balance,' and more

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen and British Foreign Minister James Cleverly sign “2030 roadmap for UK-Israel bilateral relations” (Photo: Israeli Foreign Ministry)

Israeli Foreign Minister Eli Cohen and British Foreign Minister James Cleverly met in London on Tuesday to discuss economic issues and the Iranian nuclear threat, as well as to sign a document outlining their shared goals for 2030.

Cohen said the primary issue he focused upon was the nuclear pursuits of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

“I spoke with my colleague about the challenges we all share, chief among them is a nuclear Iran,” Cohen said. “Israel and Britain agree that Iran must not be allowed to possess nuclear weapons. The international community must unite against the Iranian threat, expand the sanctions and present a credible military threat in order to stop the Iranian nuclear race.”

A joint statement by the foreign ministers emphasized the Iranian nuclear threat, saying that “the continuation of Iran’s uranium enrichment to the prohibited and dangerous levels will result in serious consequences on the part of the international community.”

According to the statement, the foreign ministers “signed a ‘roadmap’ document that will anchor and deepen Israel-UK relations for the next ten years,” outlining their joint pursuit of an “environmentally sustainable and inclusive future.”

The document is called the “2030 roadmap for UK-Israel bilateral relations” and covers planned cooperation on issues such as anti-Semitism, technology, climate change and more.

Among a number of plans consistent with the United Nations’ “2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” the “2030 roadmap” says Israel and the U.K. will work together on “AI in healthcare, engineering biology and biotech.”

"In the context of UN Security Council resolution 1325,” the governments of Israel and the UK will work on “ensuring a gender balance in events, activities and delegations by aiming for 50% female representation,” according to the roadmap.

“Resolution 1325 urges all actors to increase the participation of women and incorporate gender perspectives in all United Nations peace and security efforts."

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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