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The Olympic rings in front of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Image Credit: Reuters

Dubai: The sports and interior minister for Berlin, Andreas Geisel, is open to the idea of a joint bid by Berlin and Tel Aviv to host the 2036 Olympic Games.

This would “of course be a strong sign for peace and international understanding — in full awareness of our painful history and the abominable misuse of the Olympic idea by the National Socialists,” Geisel told the Berliner Morgenpost newspaper.

Tel Aviv and Berlin stand “for openness to the world, freedom and tolerance. These are the messages that radiate from a joint bid for the Olympic Games,” Geisel said.

The president of the German Olympic association Berlin, Richard Meng, and the managing director of the 2018 European athletics championship in Berlin, Frank Kowalski, suggested both cities should make the bid. Israel’s Olympic Committee welcomed the idea of hosting the 2036 Olympic Games in Berlin. However, it didn’t respond specifically to the suggestion of a joint bid.