Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to newly elected U.S. President Donald Trump by phone on Wednesday and Trump invited him to a meeting “at the first opportunity”, Netanyahu’s office said.
The conversation was “hearty and warm” and regional issues were discussed, the office said, adding: “The Prime Minister congratulated Trump on his electoral win and told him that the United States has no better ally than Israel.”
Netanyahu assured Trump that the United States has no better ally than Israel as they discussed regional issues. The conversation between them was warm, as if the two men had known each other for many years, the PMO’s office said.
Netanyahu told Trump that he and his wife Sara looked forward to meeting with the president-elect and his wife Melania.
Earlier in the day, Netanyahu had issued a statement in which he said that Trump is a “true friend” of the State of Israel.
“I look forward to working with him to advance security, stability and peace in our region,” Netanyahu said.
“The ironclad bond between the United States and Israel is rooted in shared values, buttressed by shared interests and driven by a shared destiny.
“I am confident that President-elect Trump and I will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights,” Netanyahu said.