Despite virus, Pompeo lands in Israel for talks on Iran, annexation

Pompeo greeted by Israeli officials upon arrival (Photo: Mati Shtern )

Secretary of State set to meet Netanyahu and other Israeli officials, including Gantz, ahead of the scheduled swearing in of the new government; U.S. officials did not say whether there were plans to discuss Israel’s annexation of strategic parts of the West Bank

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Israel early Wednesday, ahead of talks on regional security as well as the spread of coronavirus. There was no mention from the U.S. delegation whether Pompeo plans to discuss the Jewish state’s controversial plans to annex parts of the West Bank.

Pompeo landed in Tel Aviv early in the morning and proceeded directly to Jerusalem, receiving an exemption from Israel’s mandatory two-week quarantine for arrivals due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.