Prime Minister Yair Lapid met with new British Prime Minister Liz Truss on Wednesday during his visit to New York for the United Nations General Assembly.
The Prime Minister expressed his deepest condolences, on his own behalf and on behalf of the people of Israel, on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, according to Lapid’s office.
“Prime Minister Lapid congratulated Prime Minister Truss on taking office, and expressed confidence that under her leadership, ties between Israel and the United Kingdom will reach new heights in various fields, in particular the economy, innovation and security,” his office said in a statement.
“Prime Minister Lapid emphasized to Prime Minister Truss the necessity of avoiding further compromises with Iran, and further emphasized that Israel’s expectation is the advancement of a longer and stronger deal that will provide a response to the full range of threats stemming from Iran,” it added. “The leaders also discussed the continued deepening of bilateral ties, and instructed their teams to quickly advance negotiations on a free trade agreement.”
Among the topics discussed was the potential to move the British embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Truss “understands the importance and sensitivity of the issue,” her office said adding she hoped the move would be possible.
Officials in Jerusalem believe the close relations with the UK will continue and grow under the leadership of Truss.
“She is very fond of the values that Israel stands for,” the officials said, according to YNet News. “She has been positive towards us and we expect her government to be the same,” they said even before she was named Johnson’s replacement.
If the U.K. moves forward with the change, it would join the U.S., which moved its embassy to Jerusalem in 2017.