Germany Confirms Musical Accompaniment for Merkel Tehran Trip


German Chancellor Angela Merkel appeared undeterred on Thursday by Israeli Culture Minister Miri Regev’s outcry against the plan to take Israeli conductor Daniel Barenboim with her to Tehran.

German officials have confirmed reports of plans by Barenboim to lead the Berlin State Opera to Iran for a special performance in the Iranian capital to celebrate the lifting of economic sanctions, The Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday.

“German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has taken on the patronage of this concert and supports Daniel Barenboim’s commitment to make music accessible to people beyond any national, religious or ethnic boundaries,” the Opera said in a statement.

Regev on Wednesday declared Merkel was making a “mistake,” and should cancel the discussions about a performance, citing Barenboim’s record of harsh public criticism of Israeli policy.