Then-opposition leader Yair Lapid meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in  Jerusalem, May 2021
Then-opposition leader Yair Lapid meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Jerusalem, May 2021
Photo: U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid

Lapid to meet Blinken in Rome on Sunday, says U.S. offical

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the officials says the two are likely to discuss U.S. hopes to solidify a fragile ceasefire reached last month between Israel and Hamas as well as return to Iran nuclear deal

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Published: 06.23.21, 21:22
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid will on Sunday hold his first meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, a U.S. official said.
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  • Lapid, a centrist who engineered a coalition that brought down veteran leader Benjamin Netanyahu, will fly to Rome to meet Blinken on an ongoing trip to Europe, the official said Wednesday on condition of anonymity.
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    Yair Lapid speaking during an interview in Jerusalem on March 7, 2021
    Yair Lapid speaking during an interview in Jerusalem on March 7, 2021
    Foreign Minister Yair Lapid
    (Photo: AFP)
    The two are likely to discuss U.S. hopes to solidify a fragile ceasefire reached last month between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist's movement Hamas, which attacked the Jewish state with rockets in response to what it saw as provocations in the holy city of Jerusalem.
    U.S. President Joe Biden's administration has quickly moved to shore up ties with the new Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a nationalist.
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    Then-opposition leader Yair Lapid meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in  Jerusalem, May 2021
    Then-opposition leader Yair Lapid meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in  Jerusalem, May 2021
    Then-opposition leader Yair Lapid meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Jerusalem, May 2021
    (Photo: U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem)
    Biden's Democratic Party had rocky relations with Netanyahu, who campaigned against former president Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran and has drawn fury from the U.S. left over his embrace of far-right elements.
    Blinken is also likely to speak to Lapid about ongoing negotiations in Vienna to return to the nuclear deal.

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