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Obama congratulates Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

President Obama congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he assembled a governing coalition in parliament to form Israel’s new government.

“The President congratulates the Israeli people, Prime Minister Netanyahu and the new governing coalition on the formation of Israel’s new government,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest released in a statement. “President Obama looks forward to working with Prime Minister Netanyahu and his new government.”

Netanyahu claimed victory in March after his party won a large number of seats, but only recently assembled a majority coalition that allowed him to retain his position as Prime Minister.

Earnest pointed out that Obama recognized the “deep and abiding partnership” between the United States and Israel especially on the military, intelligence, and security cooperation with the nation.

“We also look forward to continuing consultations on a range of regional issues, including international negotiations to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and the importance of pursuing a two-state solution,” Earnest concluded.

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