Netanyahu talks peace with EU’s Mogherini, has warm meet with Bill Clinton
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Netanyahu talks peace with EU’s Mogherini, has warm meet with Bill Clinton

Former US president and Europe’s foreign policy chief in Israel for Friday funeral of former president Peres

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets  EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, September 29, 2016 (Haim Zach, GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, September 29, 2016 (Haim Zach, GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Thursday with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini at his official residence in Jerusalem.

The two discussed the situation in the region and the possibility of restarting the peace process with the Palestinians, according to statements from their offices.

Mogherini, along with many other world leaders and dignitaries, is in Israel to attend the funeral Friday of former president Shimon Peres.

The meeting included top security officials. Among the Israelis in attendance were Foreign Ministry Director General Dore Gold, Acting National Security Adviser Yaakov Nagel, Netanyahu’s long-time confidant and envoy Yitzhak Molcho and Israel’s ambassador to the EU and NATO, Roni Leshno-Yaar.

Earlier Thursday, Netanyahu met with former US president Bill Clinton, a meeting described by Netanyahu’s office as warm and friendly.

Clinton was a longtime friend of the late president Peres since his term in the White House during the height of the Oslo peace process in the 1990s, and will deliver a eulogy at his funeral.

Netanyahu is slated to meet Friday with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, French President Francois Hollande and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, among others. According to the PMO, he was forced to turn down several requests for high-level meetings because of schedule constraints with the onset of Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest, at sundown on Friday.

Peres’s funeral will see delegations from over 70 countries, marking the largest gathering of world leaders in Israel since the 1995 funeral of assassinated prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

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