New US secretary speaks to Israel’s top diplomat on Iran, peace

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi speaks with the new US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, the Foreign Ministry says, in the highest-level contacts yet between Jerusalem and the new American administration.

The two discussed “expanding the circle of peace, the Iranian threat and other issues,” the ministry says.

Ashkenazi congratulates Blinken on his new role and expresses confidence Jerusalem and Washington will “combat global terrorism” and the Iranian threat.

The two agreed to continue talks and meet when pandemic restrictions permit.

US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have yet to speak.

Then-US Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in Seoul, South Korea, April 19, 2016. (Lee Jin-man/AP)

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