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On Wednesday, the president of Israel visited Washington, D.C., and met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Aides to both men declined to comment on the meeting.
The visit is the latest in a series of bilateral visits to Israel by Trump that has raised tensions between the two countries.
Trump has said he wants to keep relations with Israel “special,” but has said his relationship with Netanyahu is good.
The two leaders met for about five minutes before Trump departed, and Netanyahu said the two leaders had a “warm and cordial meeting.”
Trump did not speak to the press after the meeting and aides did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Wednesday evening.
Netanyahu’s visit comes as Trump and Israel are negotiating a new deal on the Iran nuclear deal, which has been stalled for more than a year due to disagreements over the terms.
A Trump administration official said the meeting with Netanyahu “provides the opportunity for a new, positive relationship between the U.S. and Israel.”
Israel is expected to begin a new phase of its bilateral relationship with the U, with Trump visiting the country in December, and his administration has already signed an agreement with Netanyahu’s government to establish a trade corridor that would link Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.
The Trump administration has also set up a new Israeli ambassador to the U., former Ambassador Matthew Miller, and has been lobbying Congress for more support for Israel.
The Israeli government has been criticized for not having done enough to curb anti-Semitism and is seen as the target of anti-Trump sentiment.
The meeting with Trump was seen as an attempt to show that the president’s administration is serious about the Iran deal.
But it came after months of tensions between Trump and Netanyahu over Israel’s security, which have escalated after the Trump administration pulled its funding from a Jewish cemetery in Jerusalem.
Israeli officials have repeatedly said the president is willing to meet with them if they would be willing to reduce tensions.