Netanyahu Welcomes Pompeo to Israel for Discussions

In this GPO handout, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (R) meets Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu April 29, 2018 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Haim Zach / GPO via Getty Images)
Haim Zach / GPO via Getty reports: Newly-sworn in U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel Sunday afternoon to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.

Pompeo was sworn into office on Thursday, before flying to Saudi Arabia on Sunday. The Middle East tour occurs ahead of U.S. President Trump’s upcoming decision by May 12 on whether to withdraw from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and restart nuclear sanctions on Iran, as well as the upcoming inauguration of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem May 14.

Just prior to Pompeo’s arrival, Netanyahu said at the start of Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting, “Today we will welcome U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a true friend of Israel. I think that it is important that he is coming to Israel as part of his first visit outside the U.S. as Secretary of State. I will discuss with him developments in the region, Iran’s growing aggression and of course the nuclear agreement with Iran, about which there will be a decision soon.”

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