PRIME Minister Scott Morrison made a pledge to visit Israel during a congratulatory phone call with his Israeli counterpart Naftali Bennett last Thursday.
Following their chat, the newly installed Israeli Prime Minister tweeted, “I had a good conversation this morning with a great friend of Israel, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who called to congratulate me on taking office and wished me success.
“I invited him to visit Israel and he responded in the affirmative.
“We agreed that we would focus on cooperation in the high-tech field and consider entering into negotiations on a free trade agreement between the countries. We will continue to strengthen Israel’s status in the world.”
Morrison, who also held phone discussions with the leaders of Fiji and Indonesia late last week, said of the conversations, “Great to discuss shared interests and challenges as we respond to the pandemic and strengthen our ties. Australia will always be a steadfast partner.”
Asked by The AJN when a trip to Israel might happen, an Australian government spokesperson said, “The Prime Minister looks forward to visiting Israel at a mutually convenient time.”
Morrison, who has been a consistent and steadfast defender of the Jewish state, received the Jerusalem Prize in 2019 in acknowledgement of his support and friendship.