Albanian Media Claims Netanyahu Cancelled Visit Due to Security Threats

Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama attends the second day summit meeting of the Central European Initiative (CEI) in Zagreb on December 4. 2018. - Leaders of Central Europe arrived in Zagreb to attend a two day summit meeting of the CEI which is taking place in Zagreb and which marks …
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The Times of Israel reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cancellation last month of a visit to Albania could have been related to a possible plot against him, Albanian media reported Thursday, in the aftermath of the expulsion of the Iranian ambassador and another diplomat from the country, reportedly over a plot to target the Israeli national soccer team.

Another reason cited in local media for Netanyahu canceling his appearance at a November 1 international summit in Tirana was Albania’s refusal at the time to expel the Iranian diplomats despite US pressure.

At the time, reports linked the cancellation of the trip to the death of minister David Azoulay (Shas) and several other European leaders canceling their participation in the summit. On Thursday evening, Netanyahu’s office praised his Albanian counterpart for his decision to expel the Iranian diplomats.

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