UPDATED 3:32 PM PT – Sunday, June 27, 2021
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken (D) met with Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Rome on Sunday. Reports said the meeting took place to focus on moving past the Benjamin Netanyahu era.
This comes as the Biden administration is reportedly preparing to bring back the Iran nuclear deal. Although the new Israeli government has said it’s still opposed to the Iran deal, they say they want to be softer in opposition.
It was a pleasure to meet with Israeli Foreign Minister @yairlapid today in Rome. We discussed the strong partnership between Israel and the United States, our commitment to Israel’s security, and our support for regional normalization efforts. pic.twitter.com/Kw8QjROeNE
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) June 27, 2021
Netanyahu formerly riled the Obama administration by coming and speaking to a joint session of Congress against the deal in 2015. However, with Netanyahu out as prime minister after numerous deadlocked elections, the Biden administration said it’s hoping to start anew with Israel.
“I look forward to working with you to widen the circle of peace in our region that is the best way to bring stability and prosperity to the Middle East,” said Lapid.
“We will discuss a range of issues which concerns Israel, including strengthening our ability to defend ourselves, working to minimize conflict between us and the Palestinians while making life better for Israelis and Palestinians alike.”
Both sides agreed to deepen U.S.-Israeli dialogue amid ongoing threats to destroy the Jewish State by Iranian-backed terror groups Hamas and Hezbollah.