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Netanyahu to meet US secretary of state in Brussels

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech before lighting a stylised-menorah during the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, in Ramat Gan in the suburbs of the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on December 2, 2018. – Israeli police on December 2 recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara for bribery and other offences, the third such move against the premier in recent months. Netanyahu immediately rejected the accusations, but the three cases against him have led to speculation that they could eventually force the long-serving prime minister to step down. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP)
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Netanyahu to meet US secretary of state in Brussels
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech before lighting a stylised-menorah during the start of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, in Ramat Gan in the suburbs of the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on December 2, 2018. – Israeli police on December 2 recommended indicting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara for bribery and other offences, the third such move against the premier in recent months. Netanyahu immediately rejected the accusations, but the three cases against him have led to speculation that they could eventually force the long-serving prime minister to step down. (Photo by Jack GUEZ / AFP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Brussels on Monday, his office said, for a meeting with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Netanyahu’s office said the meeting had been set last week, but provided few other details.

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“The two will discuss regional developments,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said, noting he will be accompanied by the head of Israeli spy agency Mossad, the head of his national security council and his military secretary.

He was expected to leave Israel at around midday and meet this evening with Pompeo, who will be in Brussels for a NATO meeting of foreign ministers on Tuesday.

Netanyahu’s trip comes a day after police recommended indicting him and his wife Sara for bribery and other offences, the third such move against him in recent months.

The attorney general must now decide whether to indict Netanyahu, who rejects the accusations against him in all three cases.

Israel and the United States have worked closely on a range of issues, particularly regarding Iran.

Both have warned of Iran’s presence in Syria, which neighbours Israel.

Netanyahu has pledged to stop arch-foe Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria and to keep it from transferring advanced weapons to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

President Donald Trump has pledged his unwavering support for Israel and has pushed ahead with controversial policies such as moving the US embassy to Jerusalem.

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