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Iran's foreign minister says Israel 'looking for war'


    Agence France-Presse

Munich, Germany   /   Sun, February 17, 2019   /   08:20 pm
 Iran's foreign minister says Israel 'looking for war' Iran's Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) and European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Federica Mogherini give a joint press conference after a meeting on April 16, 2016 in the capital Tehran. Mogherini arrived in Tehran on her first visit since a nuclear deal between Iran and world powers came into force as tensions surface over its implementation. (Agence France -Presse/Atta Kenare)

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday that Israel was "looking for war", in an apparent reference to recent strikes against Iranian targets in Syria.

"Certainly some people are looking for war," Zarif said during a question and answer session at the Munich Security Conference, adding "Israel" when pressed to say who.

Israel carried out a series of air strikes last month against what it said were facilities belonging to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force in Syria.

Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria in the past few years against Iranian and Hezbollah targets.

Iran is a major supporter of President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

"We are in Syria on the invitation of the Syrian government for the sole purpose of fighting terrorism," Zarif said.