Brazil: US 'protection of Israel' to continue despite Syria decision, Pompeo tells Netanyahu

SOT, Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State: «Thanks. I'll just add it's great to see you again Mister Prime Minister, it's wonderful. The decision the President made on Syria in no way changes anything that this administration is working on alongside Israel. The counter ISIS [IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL] campaign continues, our efforts to counter Iranian aggression continue and our commitment to Middle... Еще East stability and the protection of Israel continues in the same way it did before that decision was made. So we have a lot to talk about today. You all have done good work in Operation Northern Shield [the Israeli military operation aimed at destroying tunnels built by the Lebanese Hezbollah militia], we understand the threat that that violation of Israeli sovereignty presents to the region and to the country. That threat from Iranian Hezbollah. And we'll work closely together to make sure that we get this right.» Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met and discussed how to continue their countries' cooperation in the Middle East while in Brasilia during Jair Bolsonaro's inauguration on Tuesday. Netanyahu stated that in the meeting with Pompeo: «we're going to be discussing the intense cooperation between Israel and the United States which will also deal with the questions following the American decision on Syria and how to intensify even further our intelligence and operations cooperation in Syria and elsewhere, to block Iranian aggression in the Middle East, to roll it back.» Pompeo reassured Netanyahu that «the decision the President made on Syria [to withdraw troops] in no way changes anything that this administration is working on alongside Israel. The counter ISIS campaign continues, our efforts to counter Iranian aggression continue and our commitment to Middle East stability and the protection of Israel continues in the same way.»

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