Israel PM arrives in Canada ahead of US talks

AFP, Friday 2 Mar 2012

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Canada on Friday ahead of White House talks next week expected to focus on halting Iran's controversial nuclear drive.

Netanyahu's plane landed at around 6:45 am (1145 GMT), and he was to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, a keen backer of Israel, before traveling on to Washington on Sunday.

Netanyahu and Obama are to meet Monday and are expected to discuss further measures to slow or halt Iran's nuclear program, which Israel views as its greatest strategic threat.

Western nations have stepped up sanctions on Iran, accusing it of pursuing nuclear weapons in the guise of a peaceful program, charges denied by Tehran.


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