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Israel's president holds talks on Iran and Hamas hostages during EU visit

In Brussels, Herzog was expected to raise the issue of two Israeli nationals — Avera Mengistu and Hisham Al-Sayed — captured by Hamas
Israeli President Isaac Herzog meets with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, Brussels, Jan. 25, 2023.

BRUSSELS — Israeli President Isaac Herzog met Wednesday in Brussels with President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. He urged the European leadership to take a stronger position on Iran and discussed the issue of Israeli captives held by Hamas.

Herzog arrived in Belgium on Wednesday morning for a two-day visit. On Thursday he is set to address the European Parliament on the occasion of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and then to meet with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

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