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Pompeo and Netanyahu meet in Brussels, talk of Iran threat

“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,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat light Hanukkah candles during a meeting in Brussels on Dec. 3, 2018. Credit: GPO.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Council head Meir Ben-Shabbat light Hanukkah candles during a meeting in Brussels on Dec. 3, 2018. Credit: GPO.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Brussels regarding the Iranian threat and other issues.

Pompeo, who is in the Belgian capital for a NATO summit, and Netanyahu also discussed Israel’s right to defend itself and fighting anti-Israel bias at the United Nations, according to the U.S. State Department.

Additionally, Pompeo expressed support for Israel recently developing relations with African nations such as Chad and Oman.

“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 beginning of the meeting, according to a statement from his office.

He was accompanied by Mossad director Yossi Cohen, National Security Council director Meir Ben-Shabbat and Military Secretary Brig.-Gen. Avi Blot.

The meeting was initially scheduled for Wednesday in Milan, but the time and location changed due to former President George H.W. Bush’s funeral, according to Axios.

This development comes as the United States appealed to Europe to impose sanctions on Iran testing a ballistic missile on Saturday.

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