Benjamin Netanyahu to meet world leaders in Paris Monday

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is scheduled to leave early Monday morning for Paris and join some 140 leaders from around the world at a conference on climate change that – since the terrorist attacks in Paris earlier this month – has also morphed into a demonstration of solidarity with France and an international statement against terrorism.He is scheduled to meet for 30 minutes each with Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In addition, he is taking the opportunity to meet for the first time with the following new prime ministers: Canada’s Justin Trudeau, Australia’s Malcolm Turnbull, and Poland’s Beata Szydło.For lack of time, Netanyahu will not meet some of the other leaders who will be in the French capital on Monday, including US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping. He may however also meet with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte.Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will also be in Paris. So far Erdogan’s efforts to set up a meeting with Putin to discuss the recent Turkish downing of a Russian warplane have been rebuffed by Moscow.The prime minister is scheduled to fly back to Israel late Monday night.Netanyahu is scheduled to address the conference Monday afternoon. The goal of the conference is to create a legal framework to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius, the level scientists believe is necessary to prevent floods, rising sea levels and the extinction of various plants and animals.


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