Iran denies handshake rumour with Israeli official

Iran on Thursday denied reports a minister exchanged a rare handshake with his Israeli counterpart at a tourism fair in Spain, a state news agency said on Thursday.

Iran denies handshake rumour with Israeli official

Iran on Thursday denied reports a minister exchanged a rare handshake with his Israeli counterpart at a tourism fair in Spain, a state news agency said on Thursday.

The Israeli and Iranian tourism ministers were introduced at a reception hosted by the Spanish king in Madrid and shook hands, a spokesman for Israel's Tourism Minister Stas Mezeshnikov claimed earlier.

Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organisation denied any such gesture had been made, ISNA news agency reported.

"The rumour, with certain aims, about a meeting between Iranian and the occupying regime's (Israeli) officials is a baseless rumour based on the imagination of an ill-minded British media," said the statement carried by ISNA.

"We stress again that Islamic Republic of Iran will never acknowledge a state under the name of Israel and considers permanent confrontation with such a regime to be its duty," it said.


Reuters

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