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Israel's Netanyahu, US Secretary of State Pompeo meet to talk Iran

December 4, 2018 at 3:13 am

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (L) meets Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) in Tel Aviv, Israel on 29 April 2018 [Haim Zach/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Brussels on Monday to discuss Iran and other regional issues, Reuters reports.

Pompeo, like Netanyahu, is an outspoken critic of Iran’s nuclear programme and he condemned on Saturday the latest missile test by the Islamic republic.

“I look forward to discussing with you how we can together curb Iran’s aggression in the region, in Syria, in Iraq, in Lebanon and elsewhere and to continue our efforts to achieve peace and security for everyone,” Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting, according to a statement from his office.

Netanyahu often uses meetings with international officials to push his agenda of halting what he describes as Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Israel also sees Tehran’s moves to set up bases in neighbouring Syria as a regional threat, along with the heavily armed Iran-backed militia Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The meeting was arranged last week, his office said.

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