Pompeo lands in Israel

Secretary of State arrives in Israel, will meet Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday.

Elad Benari , | updated: 5:54 AM

Pompeo and Netanyahu
Pompeo and Netanyahu

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed at the Ben Gurion Airport in Israel on Thursday evening, ahead of his meeting on Friday with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The Secretary was met by the US Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, and Ambassador Zvi Aviner Vapni, Head of the North America Bureau at the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

After his arrival, Pompeo wrote on Twitter he was looking forward to his visit.

“Good to be in Israel today and look forward to meeting and discussing a range of important issues, including regional developments and threats, and the security of America’s closest ally and partner,” he wrote.

Ambassador Friedman tweeted, “Honored to welcome Secretary Pompeo to Israel immediately following his successful diplomatic efforts with VP Pence in Turkey. Looking forward to an important visit.”

The State Department on Wednesday confirmed that Pompeo will visit Israel on Friday and would discuss with Netanyahu the developments in Syria and the continued need to counter the Iranian regime’s destabilizing behavior in the region.

Pompeo’s visit to the region follows Turkey's launching of a cross-border assault in Syria against Kurdish fighters it sees as terrorists.

Earlier on Thursday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria

As part of the agreement, Turkey will suspend its operations to allow the Kurdish YPG forces to withdraw from the designated safe zone.