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Bennett and Biden meeting in Washington set for August 26

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18.08.2021

NEW YORK — Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will fly to Washington next week where he will meet with US President Joe Biden for the first time, the White House and an Israeli official said Wednesday.

The two will meet at the White House on August 26, the White House confirmed in a statement from Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

Tensions with Iran will be high on the agenda for the Thursday meeting, though it will also likely be overshadowed by the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, with Biden under fire over the chaotic US pullout and facing questions over Washington’s commitment to other allies around the globe.

Psaki said the visit would “strengthen the enduring partnership between the United States and Israel, reflect the deep ties between our governments and our people, and underscore the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security.”

“The President and Prime Minister Bennett will discuss critical issues related to regional and global security, including Iran,” she said.

She added that peace efforts with the Palestinians would also be discussed,

Bennett’s visit is not expected to last more than 48 hours due to COVID precautions, sources in the Prime Minister’s Office said. It will be his second foreign visit since taking office in June, following an earlier trip to Jordan to meet with King Abdullah.

Bennett will leave Israel on Tuesday, the PMO confimred.

Just weeks ago, Bennett had urged Israelis to refrain from travel abroad in order to prevent the import of new COVID-19 variants. Both Israel and parts of the US are facing surging infection numbers, largely blamed on the Delta variant of the virus.

Members of Bennett’s delegation will remain together for the entire trip and will not leave their........

© The Times of Israel


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