Netanyahu and Trump to meet at UN confab, White House confirms
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Netanyahu and Trump to meet at UN confab, White House confirms

US president will also sit down with leaders of Egypt, France, UK, Japan, and South Korea on sidelines of General Assembly next week

In this Tuesday, May 23, 2017 file photo, US President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)
In this Tuesday, May 23, 2017 file photo, US President Donald Trump, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, File)

The White House on Thursday confirmed that US President Donald Trump would meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu next week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

The meeting was first announced by Israel’s Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon in August. Danon told Israeli Radio at the time that Iran and the effects of the new US sanctions against the regime would top the agenda.

The meeting is scheduled to take place on September 26, a White House official said.

Netanyahu and Trump last met on March 5 in Washington, but have spoken several times on the phone since.

The Prime Minister’s Office has not released any information on Netanyahu’s planned meetings on the sidelines of the annual event.

The GA’s high-level General Debate will begin on September 25, coinciding with the Jewish Sukkot holiday. Netanyahu is due in New York during the holiday’s intermediary days, and will address world leaders on Thursday September 27.

Secretary-General of the United Nations Antonio Guterres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrive for a meeting at UN headquarters, February 20, 2018, in New York City. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images via JTA)

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the gathering is also scheduled for Thursday morning, shortly before the Israeli leader’s, though no Abbas meeting with Trump is scheduled.

The Palestinian leadership cut off contact with the White House last December after Trump decided to move the US embassy to Jerusalem and recognize the city as Israel’s capital.

Abbas has invited Middle East envoys, foreign ministers, and Security Council diplomats to a meeting in New York next week to discuss prospects for peace, the Palestinian ambassador said Wednesday.

Abbas will meet with the group of 30 ministers and diplomats, including the heads of UN committees that deal with Palestinian issues, on September 26.

Palestinian Ambassador Riyad Mansour did not provide details, but he told reporters that there had been a “radical shift” under the Trump administration with regards to the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

Trump will also hold pull-aside meetings with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Maria Fernanda Espinosa, the General Assembly president, as well as longer bilateral meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, French President Emmanuel Macron, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

Trump will discuss the global drug trade and stopping the spread of weapons of mass destruction during two speeches next week at the United Nations General Assembly.

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