Dr Mike Evans

Prime Minister Yair Lapid arrives in New York ahead of UN General Assembly

Prime Minister Yair Lapid arrived in New York City on Tuesday ahead of his plans to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

Lapid was received by Israeli Ambassador to the United States Mike Herzog, Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Gilad Erdan, Israeli Ambassador to Canada Ronen Hoffman and Israeli Consul-General in New York Asaf Zamir.

The prime minister’s schedule during the event will include addressing the General Assembly on Thursday.

Lapid is also expected to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and Britain’s new Prime Minister Liz Truss.

The meeting with Abdullah II is scheduled for Tuesday, marking an important moment in the relationship between the two nations.

The prime minister’s meeting with Turkey may be more complicated. Relationships between the two nations have recently improved, with discussions of energy deals as well as restoring ambassadors. However, Erdogan recently traveled to Iran to meet with its leaders as well as Russian President Vladimir Putin regarding the future of Syria.

Truss, who became the U.K.’s third female prime minister just days before the death of Queen Elizabeth II, will also mark her first time at the U.N.’s General Assembly as a head of state. The prime minister is expected to continue the U.K.’s support for Israel extended during the tenure of previous Prime Minister Boris Johnson who stepped down earlier this year.

Lapid is expected to emphasize opposition to Iran’s nuclear weapon development during both his speech and in his meetings with other world leaders. The Biden administration and other nations involved in the 2015 nuclear plan with Iran have long sought to restart the Iranian agreement with no success.

President Joe Biden signed the Jerusalem Proclamation with Lapid during a visit to Israel this summer that vowed to keep Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.