Video: Biden to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu 'soon'

Feb 17, 2021 Travel News

Video: Biden to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu ‘soon’

First of all let me say about Israel, I know there have been questions about when the president will speak with Prime Minister Netanyahu, which was, I think, the root of this question or how the question started. So let me first confirm to you that his first call with a leader in the region will be with Prime Minister Netanyahu. It will be soon. I don’t have an exact date for you, but it‘s soon. Stay tuned. Israel is, of course, an ally. Israel is a country in which we have important strategic security relations and our team is fully engaged. And on Saudi Arabia, I would say, you know, we made it clear from the start that we were going to recalibrate our relationship. The president’s counterpart is King Salman. And I expect that when the time comes, he will have a conversation with him. I don’t have a timeline prediction on this. But I will also say that, you know, Saudi Arabia is in a position where it is defending itself against threats from the region. You know, they have critical self-defense needs. And we will continue to work with them on these issues while clarifying the areas where we have disagreements and where we have concerns. And it is certainly a change from the approach of the previous administration.