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Netanyahu talks tech, trade and business with Canadian foreign minister in Israel

“We have a lot of projects that we want to move forward,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland on Oct. 31, 2018. Credit: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Canadian Foreign Minister Freeland on Oct. 31, 2018. Credit: Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday, apparently solving some issues with a quick walk.

It is Freeland’s first visit to Israel since Justin Trudeau became Canada’s prime minister in November 2015.

“Equally, we have a lot of projects that we want to move forward,” said Netanyahu. “We just talked on the way here. We already resolved that in a very short cordial walk; we decided that we’ll speed up the ratification of our updated free-trade agreement, which is something that will benefit both Israel and Canada.”

The prime minister added that “we are eager to pursue that cooperation both on technology and in trade, and equally in aerospace and cyber security, and everything that is now open to us because of the marketable transformation of the global economy based on the meeting of big data, artificial intelligence and connectivity. It creates extraordinary new industries. Israel is there on the cutting-edge.”

Freeland, accompanied by Canadian Jewish leaders, also visited the Western Wall and spoke of Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 people were killed.

“We are all obligated to banish the darkness that terrorists want to overcome the world,” she said, “and to illuminate our world with good.”

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