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Israeli Defense Minister, US Defense Secretary to Meet

By    |   Tuesday, 03 October 2023 10:11 AM EDT

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant is expected to meet with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin in Washington later this month.

Gallant received the invitation from his American counterpart on Sunday.

The meeting between the two defense officials will mark an end to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ban on senior members of his government from meeting with Biden administration officials, a restriction he established in response to not having, himself, received an invitation to the White House.

Israeli media reported on Monday that Netanyahu's diplomatic shift came after his meeting with President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

Biden also invited Netanyahu to visit him at the White House before the end of 2023.

Gallant and Austin have already met on two separate occasions this year, in Israel and Brussels, and held numerous phone calls since assuming their roles.

Their upcoming meeting comes amid increasing expectations on both sides of the pond that a historic peace deal between Saudi Arabia and Israel will soon be forged.

It also comes against the backdrop of a controversial prisoner swap deal between the U.S. and Iran, which the Israeli government fears may be a harbinger of a new nuclear agreement.

Gallant is scheduled to meet with additional senior U.S. officials and will discuss "developing security challenges and opportunities in the Middle East region," his office said.

Among them are U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Barbara Leaf, as well as Biden's Middle East adviser, Brett McGurk.

This article originally appeared on All Israel News and is reposted with permission.

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