Meetings to center on increasing bilateral ties and combatting a nuclear Iran; Meetings to take place Monday, the first between Netanyahu and May
Prime Minister Netanyahu will travel to London Sunday to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May as well as with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Monday.
The meetings are to center on strengthening ties between the UK and Israel as Britain exits the European Union, the meeting to also center on cooperation and development in the areas of economy, cyber security, technology and most importantly, Iran.
Prime Minister Netanyahu confirmed his agenda for his visit during his Sunday cabinet meeting in Jerusalem. He stated “We are at the start of a significant diplomatic period for the State of Israel. This afternoon I am leaving for Britain in order to meet with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. I will discuss with them how to deepen bilateral diplomatic, security, economic and technological ties, including cooperation in the field of cyber.”
On Iran, Netanyahu stated “In the diplomatic sphere, I intend to emphasize the need for a common front against Iran’s defiant aggression which has raised its head in recent days. This must be done on an ongoing basis, but especially in light of Iran’s defiance against the international order.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu had previously cancelled his scheduled meeting with Prime Minister May following Britain’s vote in favor of United Nations Security Council 2334 in December. Britain however expressed regret for voting in favor of the Resolution, changing its stance by not supporting the Paris Peace Conference mid-January.
Not only did Britain send junior diplomats to the conference as observers and not participators, it also rejected the conference on the grounds that Israel was not present. Britain’s Foreign Ministry stated ahead of the conference that Britain had “particular reservations about an international conference intended to advance peace between the parties that does not involve them”, emphasizing the conference “taking place against the wishes of the Israelis” as well as it taking “place just days before the transition to a new American President when the US will be the ultimate guarantor of any agreement”.
Prime Minister Netanyahu will continue traveling and meeting with global leaders to increase relations with the Jewish state and most importantly, lobby diplomatic support against a nuclear Iran.
Netanyahu will travel to Washington next week to meet with President Trump and several American leaders, followed by a tour to Australia and Singapore. The United States, Britain and Australia have been vocal against the ongoing anti-Israel agenda globally.