Netanyahu takes off for Singapore and Australia

Netanyahu is set to take off this afternoon for a week-long trip to Singapore and Australia, becoming the first-ever sitting Israeli prime minister to visit those countries.

“We will strengthen security, economic and other ties with these countries,” he says at the cabinet meeting. “In Australia I will, together with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, hold a meeting with businesspeople from both countries in order to increase trade between Israel and Australia. What we are doing to strengthen Israel’s standing in the world is to open new markets.”

Upon landing in Singapore Monday morning, Netanyahu will make his way to Istana, the small city-state’s presidential residence, for meetings with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Tony Tan Keng Yam.

Last year, Lee became the first Singaporean prime minister to visit Israel.

— Times of Israel staff

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