Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit Singapore: Report

Israeli PM Netanyahu to visit Singapore: Report

This will be the first visit to Singapore by a sitting Israeli prime minister.

SINGAPORE: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Singapore in the next three months, according to a report by the Jerusalem Post.

The Israeli newspaper reported that Mr Netanyahu announced his plans to visit Singapore and three other countries - Australia, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan - at a cabinet meeting on Sunday (Oct 30).

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Mr Netanyahu met as prime ministers for the first time during Mr Lee's first official visit to Israel in April.

Mr Netanyahu's planned trip, which would make him the first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit Singapore, is to reciprocate Mr Lee's visit in April, according to the Post.

The Israeli Prime Minister did not give the exact dates of his trip, the report added.

Speaking in cabinet, Netanyahu reportedly said his visits and other diplomatic visits planned this year attested to how Israel's international relations were flourishing, despite losing two votes in UNESCO on Jerusalem earlier this month.

“Israel's international relations are spreading in Asia, Africa, Latin America and many other places,” Netanyahu was quoted as saying. “We realise that this development flows from Israel's technological and economic strength on one hand, and its security and intelligence capabilities on the other.”

The Post said Netanyahu added that this does not mean that “we are not challenged in international forums, like we saw in the scandalous UNESCO decision,” but that “there is no doubt” that in international organisations and even in votes like those at UNESCO, there has been a change.

Source: CNA/mz