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Israel’s Netanyahu to Talk Iran With Pompeo at Lisbon Meeting

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu deliver joint statements at a meeting in Jerusalem, March 20, 2019. Photo; Reuters / Jim Young / Pool.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday in Lisbon, the US State Department said on Tuesday.

Pompeo, accompanying President Donald Trump at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit in London, will be in Lisbon on Wednesday and Thursday and will meet with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa and Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva, the department said in a statement.

The hastily-arranged talks with the top diplomat of Israel‘s closest ally could be aimed at giving Netanyahu a political boost at home.

Israeli politics are in disarray after inconclusive elections in April and September and the failure of Netanyahu and his main challenger, Benny Gantz, to secure a ruling majority in the legislature. Netanyahu also faces a corruption indictment, charges that he denies.

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Pompeo and Netanyahu are expected to speak about the threat from Iran, among the issues the Israeli leader discussed in a phone call with Trump on Sunday.

Netanyahu praised Pompeo last month for an announcement of a softening of the longtime US position on Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Pompeo declared that Washington no longer considered the settlements to be in violation of international law, a policy shift that drew condemnation from Palestinians and Arab leaders.

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