Despite the great importance Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attaches to efforts to thwart both Iran’s nuclear program and global calls for beginning international inspections of Israel’s Dimona facility, he could not find time during his vacation to meet the head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog during his two-day working visit to Israel.
Yukiya Amano, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, had requested to meet with Netanyahu months ago. But their scheduled meeting was abruptly canceled a few days ago because it conflicted with the prime minister’s vacation in the north.
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano at the IAEA’s board of governors in Vienna on June 8, 2010.
According to a diplomat familiar with the details of the visit, the Amano-Netanyahu meeting was scheduled to take place Monday afternoon, shortly after the IAEA chief landed in Israel and a few hours before the premier was due to embark on his holiday.
The official added that even though the meeting was on the IAEA chief’s schedule, he was told it had been canceled due to Netanyahu’s vacation.
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