Published on Wednesday12thJuly2017

Minister Coveney meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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Minister Coveney with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Foreign Affairs & Trade Minister Simon Coveney met today in Jerusalem with the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu.

Speaking after the meeting, Minister Coveney said

I had a constructive and frank discussion with the Prime Minister.

Of course, we have clear differences on some issues, but these differences are honestly held and openly expressed.

Our discussions touched on a range of issues, including settlements, the humanitarian and political situation in Gaza and, more broadly, the prospects for the resumption of meaningful negotiations in the Middle East Peace Process.

I made clear to Prime Minister Netanyahu Ireland's concerns on these issues, making clear the level of public and political interest in these issues in Ireland.

We also discussed bilateral issues, including the healthy and growing trade between Ireland and Israel, and regional political issues.