Netanyahu to depart for Singapore and Australia in first official visit
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is slated to fly to Singapore on Sunday and then to Australia on Tuesday, marking the first time an Israel's history that a prime minister has visited in an official capacity.
"In Australia I, along with Australian Prime Minister Malcom Turnbull, will host meetings with business professionals from both countries in an effort to boost trade and economic participation between Australia and Israel," Netanyahu said Sunday in a weekly cabinet meeting.
Netanyahu explained the visit would strengthen Israel's economy and improve its face in the world.
"We have an incredibly close relationship,” Australia's Ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma said told The Jerusalem Post. “So we attach a great deal of significance to having an Israeli prime minister visit, spend time with the Australian political leadership, with the Jewish community and give Israel’s perspective on world affairs. There is a lot of symbolic and historic significance attached to this visit.”
In September, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem and invited him to become the first Israeli premier to visit the pacific continent.
"I want to take this opportunity to reaffirm our absolute enduring commitment to the State of Israel and our friendship, and invite you to come to Australia," Bishop said.
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