Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is set to travel to Rome next week and meet
with both Pope Francis and US Secretary of State John Kerry, his office
announced on Wednesday.
It will be Netanyahu’s first meeting with the
pope since his ordination in March.
The prime minister is expected to
meet with Kerry on October 23 and discuss Iran and the ongoing peace
President Shimon Peres met with the pope in April, and Knesset
Speaker Yuli Edelstein spoke with him at the Vatican last week.
reports circulated last week that the pope was planning to visit Israel in
March, a Vatican spokesman said that while the pontiff was eager to visit
Jerusalem, no specific plans have been made.
During his meeting with
Edelstein, the pope said, “I will come, yes I’ll come,” in response to the
Knesset speaker’s invitation.