U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on the phone phone on Wednesday, nearly a month after Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
Netanyahu’s office tweeted on Wednesday that “the conversation was very friendly and warm and lasted about an hour.”
“US President Biden and Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the future advancement of the peace accords, the Iranian threat and regional challenges, and agreed to continue their dialogue,” the Prime Minister’s office said.
It added that “The two leaders noted their longstanding personal connection and said that they would work together to continue strengthening the steadfast alliance between Israel and the US.”
“US President Biden commended Prime Minister Netanyahu on his leadership in the fight against the coronavirus; the two exchanged ideas on ways to deal with the pandemic,” it said.
The White House said the two leaders discussed the importance of continued close consultation on regional security issues, including Iran.
“President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. spoke today by phone with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel. 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 wrote.
It added: “Together, the leaders discussed the importance of continued close consultation on regional security issues, including Iran. The President emphasized U.S. support for the recent normalization of relations between Israel and countries in the Arab and Muslim world. He underscored the importance of working to advance peace throughout the region, including between Israelis and Palestinians. Together, they affirmed their shared interest in continued strategic cooperation to confront the many challenges facing the region.”