Mr. Biden informed reporters that the decision with Mr. Netanyahu was a “good conversation” but provided no particulars. Israeli officers had been involved that it was so delayed, and that it occurred solely after Mr. Biden had spoken with leaders of different allies, but additionally with adversaries like President Xi Jinping of China. American officers mentioned there was no significance within the delay, but officers had been clearly attempting to choose an Iran negotiation technique earlier than partaking Mr. Netanyahu.
The prime minister’s office described the dialog in personal phrases, saying in an announcement that “the two leaders noted their personal ties of many years and said they will work together to continue bolstering the strong alliance between Israel and the U.S.”
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The White House description, in distinction, talked about the power of the alliance but mentioned nothing in regards to the relationship between Mr. Biden and Mr. Netanyahu, a part of an effort by the brand new administration to depersonalize interactions between the 2 international locations.
“The president affirmed his personal history of steadfast commitment to Israel’s security and conveyed his intent to strengthen all aspects of the U.S.-Israel partnership, including our strong defense cooperation,” the White House assertion mentioned. It reaffirmed Mr. Biden’s determination to build on the Abraham Accords, the regional agreements Israel reached with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain — two key Arab allies of the United States — on the finish of the Trump administration.
The dialog with the 2 leaders passed off earlier than Mr. Biden’s secretary of state, Antony J. Blinken, is scheduled to talk this week with Britain, Germany and France, the European nations that participated within the Iran negotiations. But administration officers don’t look like in a rush to interact straight with the Iranians or to really feel compelled by deadlines being set in Tehran.