Netanyahu to meet with UK’s Cameron in September — report
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Netanyahu to meet with UK’s Cameron in September — report

Prime minister to discuss Iran nuke deal in London before heading to New York for UN General Assembly

File: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, April 17, 2013. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90)
File: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with British Prime Minister David Cameron in London, April 17, 2013. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO/Flash90)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will reportedly visit London in early September and meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The prime minister is expected to discuss regional issues with the British premier, with an emphasis on the Iran nuclear deal reached between world powers and Tehran on July 14, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 2.

British officials told the TV station Cameron plans to discuss the situation in the Gaza Strip, stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and the Syrian civil war.

An Israeli official told The Times of Israel that there were plans for Netanyahu to visit London, but could not comment beyond that.

Britain is one of the six world powers — along with China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States — that struck the deal with Iran after a 13-year standoff over its disputed nuclear program.

Earlier this month, Netanyahu publicly chastised British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in a Jerusalem press conference about the nuclear agreement, calling it a “failure of diplomacy.” Netanyahu’s rebuke came a day after Hammond told the British parliament that “Israel doesn’t want any deal with Iran,” but rather prefers “a permanent state of standoff.”

Netanyahu is expected to head to New York for the UN General Assembly later in September.

Sources in Jerusalem said earlier this week that the prime minister plans to address the summit, which will also feature speeches from US President Barack Obama, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Netanyahu’s speech will likely focus on the nuclear deal.

The General Assembly, in mid-September, will fall just as a deadline for a congressional review of the Iran deal comes up. Jerusalem has been counting on US lawmakers to vote down the deal as a last-ditch bid to quash the measure.

It’s unclear if Netanyahu’s trip to the US will include a visit to Congress or the White House. A trip to the US in March to lobby against the deal in Congress was denounced by the White House and led to a nadir in ties between Netanyahu and Obama.

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