BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to discuss Washington’s...

BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:00 P.M.) – The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday to discuss Washington’s current policies inside of neighboring Syria.

“Netanyahu and I had a productive meeting on efforts to counter the Iranian regime’s malign influence as well as regional developments and other issues related to Israel’s security,” Pompeo tweeted after the meeting at Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem ended.

In a statement to reporters following the meeting, Pompeo also said the US-Israel relationship is “as strong as it has ever been.”

The Israeli Prime Minister said that he discussed “the various challenges that we face together” in the region and efforts to strengthen U.S.-Israel ties. He thanked Pompeo and Trump for their “consistent support for Israel.”

Pompeo arrived in Israel after he and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence negotiated a deal that will see Turkey suspend its Syria offensive, but which drew criticism over what many saw as an abandonment of Washington’s Kurdish allies.

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