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Biden postpones meeting with Israeli prime minister

Biden postpones meeting with Israeli prime minister

Washington, Aug 27 (Prensa Latina) United States President Joe Biden postponed a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, initially scheduled for this Thursday after the explosions that occurred on Thursday at the Kabul airport, Afghanistan.
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According to the White House, the meeting will take place this Friday as the president is now focused on the detonations that took place earlier in the Afghan capital, which left at least 12 US soldiers dead and another 15 wounded.

Bennett, who succeeded Benjamin Netanyahu, arrived in Washington earlier this week with promises of a ‘new era of cooperation’ in relations between Washington and Tel Aviv.

The meeting with Biden will be the first face-to-face meeting between the two leaders to discuss issues such as Covid-19 and regional security issues, reported presidential press secretary Jen Psaki.

Afghanistan will be high on the agenda, a senior White House official said prior to the visit, framing Washington’s military withdrawal as a strategic decision that allows the administration to focus on other priorities and relationships in the region.

Biden and Bennett have very different views on issues like the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on efforts to restore the Iran nuclear deal.

Bennett stated in an interview with The New York Times that he intends to continue efforts to expand West Bank settlements that the US ruler opposes.

Furthermore, the Israeli prime minister reiterated his opposition to US efforts to reestablish a nuclear deal with Iran and will continue covert attacks against the Persian nation’s nuclear program.

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