US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will land in Israel today as part of his first official trip abroad since being sworn in last week. Speaking to Israel’s cabinet on Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he will discuss several topics with Pompeo during their upcoming meeting.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he intends to discuss recent regional developments, the rising Iranian aggression and the Iranian nuclear deal with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during their afternoon meeting.

“Today, we will warmly welcome US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a true friend of Israel. I think that it is significant that he is visiting Israel during his first trip as secretary of state outside of the US,” Netanyahu said at the opening of the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

“The relations between Israel and the US are stronger than ever and I would like to take this opportunity and thank President Trump again for the decision to relocate the US embassy to Jerusalem, which will occur in the coming days,” Netanyahu added.

Pompeo was sworn into office on Thursday as the replacement for Rex Tillerson. Shortly after his inauguration, Pompeo left for a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels where he repeated President’s Donald Trump pledge to withdraw from the nuclear agreement with Iran unless vital changes are made.

On Saturday, Pompeo arrived at King Salman Air-Base in Riyadh and was greeted by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir. A day earlier, Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen fired missiles at Saudi Arabia’s southern city of Jizan, killing one person.