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Bennett-Biden meeting delayed to Friday due to deadly Kabul attack

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26.08.2021

The much-anticipated meeting between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and US President Joe Biden at the White House was postponed Thursday, after a deadly attack at Kabul airport.

The meeting will now be held on Friday, the White House announced

The first sit-down between the two leaders was slated to begin at 11:30 a.m., but shortly after noon, Israeli journalists in the White House briefing room were instructed to return to the hotel and await further developments.

Bennett’s advisers reassured White House staffers that they completely understood the delay in the planned summit, saying the Israeli delegation will make itself available as necessary, according to Hebrew media reports.

Bennett’s staff was preparing for the possibility of extending the trip over the weekend and has been in touch tentatively with the Willard Intercontinental Hotel about extending their stay, as the Orthodox prime minister will not travel over Shabbat.

Bennett had been rushing back to Israel on Thursday night, due to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s planned trip to the Jewish state over the weekend. But with Merkel canceling that trip........

© The Times of Israel


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