Israel’s concern about Iran establishing a permanent base in Syria the day after the civil war there ends will feature prominently when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday, senior diplomatic officials said on Thursday.
Netanyahu is expected to meet with Mattis, who arrived in Israel on Thursday for his first visit as defense secretary, at his Jerusalem office following the latter’s meeting earlier in the day with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in Tel Aviv.
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Just over a month ago, Netanyahu flew to Russia, where he raised the alarm about Iran’s designs in a post-civil war Syria during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Netanyahu-Mattis talks, according to Israeli officials, will also deal with Iran’s deploying proxies in the region, as well as the general situation in Syria and Islamic State.
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