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The Chairman of the World Jewish Congress Yisrael Singer met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Tuesday, in what marked the first meeting between a representative of the international Jewish community with Merkel since her election.

The two discussed ways to increase dialogue between the West and the Muslim world in the wake of recent anti-Jewish statements made by Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Singer asked chancellor to make dialogue her personal priority and to take a leading role to peacefully resolving the question of Iran?s nuclear ambitions.

Merkel said she would support setting up a joint study group with WJC to prepare efforts toward dialogue with Islam.

Singer referred to the existing dialogue between Jews and Christians over issues such as anti-Semitism and the Holocaust as a model for dialogue between West and the Muslim world.