Netanyahu cuts Cyprus visit short due to regional tensions, Trump’s Iran announcement

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will fly back to Israel on Tuesday after a short visit to Cyprus. The reason for his unexpected return is US President Donald Trump’s decision on the Iran nuclear deal, which will be announced this evening (Israel time), and the increased regional tensions.
Benjamin Netanyahu Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to cut his visit to Cyprus short because of the increased tensions in the region and US President Donald Trump’s upcoming announcement about the Iranian nuclear deal. Netanyahu will return to Israel this afternoon before flying to Moscow for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

Netanyahu left Israel early Tuesday for a summit with the leaders of Greece and Cyprus. He will be back in Israel for Trump’s announcement. "I suggest we all wait until 9:00 PM (Israel time), that's not too long now,” Netanyahu said when asked about Trump’s upcoming statement before his departure to Cyprus. According to reports, Trump has already updated Netanyahu about his decision.

Trump had originally set a May 12 deadline to announce his decision on the nuclear deal but stated yesterday that he would disclose his plans earlier than expected.

“I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2:00 pm,” Trump tweeted on Monday.

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