Yair Lapid
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Prime Minister Yair Lapid spoke on Tuesday with European Council President Charles Michel.

Prime Minister Lapid expressed his great appreciation for the European Council decision to convene a meeting of the Association Council with Israel after many years in which it has not met and noted his and President Michel's role in the matter.

They exchanged views on the challenges in the international arena, and discussed the effects of the war in Ukraine on the global food and energy crises, including ways in which Israel can contribute toward dealing with these crises.

The two also discussed the Iranian nuclear threat; Prime Minister Lapid reiterated Israel's opposition to returning to the nuclear deal.

The leaders agreed to meet soon.

Earlier on Tuesday, Lapid spoke with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The two leaders’ conversation was warm and friendly, the Prime Minister's office said. Prime Minister Lapid thanked Prime Minister Johnson for his friendship and long-standing support for the State of Israel and Johnson success going forward.

The leaders discussed ways to continue deepening their nations’ bilateral ties in various fields, including the economy, trade, technological cooperation, cyber, and more.

Prime Minister Lapid and his British counterpart exchanged views on the challenges in the international arena, primarily Iran. Lapid emphasized the need to apply pressure and have a credible military threat, in order to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear threshold state.

Prime Minister Johnson also wished Prime Minister Lapid success in his new role.