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Ahead of meeting Biden, Israel’s Bennett meets with Austin, Blinken

On his first official visit to the United States, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin and with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (L) meets with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Washington, Aug. 25 2021.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met Aug. 25 in Washington with Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and national security adviser Jake Sullivan. Bennett arrived to the United States yesterday for his first official visit there as Israel’s premier. He is expected to meet today around noon local time with President Joe Biden at the White House.

After his meeting with Austin at the Pentagon, Bennett tweeted, “We discussed a number of regional, political and security issues, chief among them ways to curbing Iran’s regional aggression and the progress of the Iranian nuclear program. I thanked him [Austin] for the close cooperation between Israel and the United States in the security field, and I emphasized that Israel would continue to assert its right to maintain its security superiority in the Middle East, and would do whatever was required in that regard.’’

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