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Austrian chancellor reportedly cancels visit to Israel next week

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz gives a joint press conference with then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured), at the Israeli prime minister's office in Jerusalem, on March 4, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Pool/AFP)
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz gives a joint press conference with then-prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen (not pictured), at the Israeli prime minister's office in Jerusalem, on March 4, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/Pool/AFP)

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has canceled his upcoming visit to Israel slated for next week, reports the Kan public broadcaster.

According to the report, Kurz, who was slated to arrive on Tuesday, has nixed the visit, as he is being investigated on charges of corruption.

Austrian prosecutors announced yesterday that Kurz is under investigation over claims that government money was used in a corrupt deal to ensure positive coverage in a tabloid newspaper, prosecutors announced on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say that Kurz and nine other individuals, as well as three organizations, are under investigation over the affair.

AFP contributed to this report.

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