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Netanyahu to meet US secretary of state in Brussels

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

Israeli was to hold talks with US in on Monday, a day after police recommended the premier's indictment in a third graft case.

Netanyahu's office said the meeting had been set last week, but provided few other details. US Donald Trump's top was to be in for a NATO meeting of foreign ministers on Tuesday.

"I will discuss with a series of regional developments as well as the steps we are taking together to block the aggression of and its proxies in the north," said before departing, referring to and

"Of course we will also discuss other issues." They were to meet on Monday evening, with accompanied by the of Israeli spy agency Mossad, the of his and his

Trump has pledged unwavering support for and has pushed ahead with controversial policies such as moving the to and the have also worked closely on a range of issues, particularly related to

Both have warned of Iran's presence in Syria, which neighbours Netanyahu has pledged to stop arch-foe from entrenching itself militarily in and to keep it from transferring advanced weapons to its ally Hezbollah in

There has been increased attention in Israel in recent days over Israeli officials' concerns regarding Iranian activity in The Israeli has also pursued ties with nations that have no official diplomatic relations with his country and the has backed him in those efforts.

Netanyahu's trip comes a day after police recommended indicting him and his wife for bribery and other offences, the third such move against him in recent months.

The must now decide whether to indict Netanyahu, who rejects the accusations against him in all three cases.

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First Published: Mon, December 03 2018. 22:06 IST