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Benjamin Netanyahu to meet President Trump in February

Benjamin Netanyahu will meet Donald Trump in Washington in February. Credit: PA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet President Trump in Washington on February 15.

White House spokesman Sean Spicer said their talks will cover a range of issues around security.

Mr Spicer told reporters: "Our relationship with the only democracy in the Middle East is crucial to the security of both our nations, and the president looks forward to discussing continued strategic, technological, military and intelligence cooperation with the prime minister."

In a series of tweets, Mr Netanyahu said he "deeply appreciated" the gesture and "looks forward" to the meeting.

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Trump: UN not living up to its potential

The US president-elect has said the United Nations is failing to live up to its potential, heaping further criticism on the body in the wake of a UN vote on the legality of Israeli settlements.

Donald Trump's comments follow Secretary of State John Kerry's speech defending the US decision to abstain from that vote.

"There is such tremendous potential, but [the UN] is not living up [to it]. When do you see the United Nations solving problems? They don't. They cause problems," Mr Trump said.

Trump offered little comment on Kerry's speech, telling reporters that it "spoke for itself", but he has assured Israel that it merely needs to "hang on" until his administration takes over from that of Barack Obama.

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