Pompeo, Netanyahu vow to continue cooperation over Syria to counter Iran in the Middle East
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has landed in Brasilia, Brazil; he was welcomed by an honor guard.
The United States and Israel vowed to continue cooperating over Syria and in countering Iran in the Middle East, even as President Donald Trump’s plans to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
Netanyahu said before a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the Brazilian capital that he planned to discuss how to intensify intelligence and operations cooperation in Syria and elsewhere to block the Iranian aggression.
PM Netanyahu said before a meeting with US Secretary of State Pompeo that he planned to discuss how to intensify intelligence and operations cooperation in Syria and elsewhere to block the Iranian aggression. https://t.co/ALx3yS2DzL pic.twitter.com/kIQ2vnTFAj
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In his first public comments on Trump’s decision, Pompeo said it “in no way changes anything that this administration is working on alongside Israel” and that campaigns to counter ISIS and Iranian terrorism would continue.
Netanyahu will meet shortly with Chilean President Sebastian Pińera and Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez.
He will also attend the inauguration of Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro.