11/23/13. Netanyahu, Pope to Meet Dec. 2. Gil Ronen, israelnationalnews.com
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican on December 2, Italian news agency ANSA reported on Saturday.
“Pope Francis will receive Israeli premier Binyamin Netanyahu in an audience on December 2,” the agency said, citing “well-informed Vatican sources”.
At Netanyahu’s first meeting with Francis, the two leaders are expected to discuss nuclear talks with Iran and peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority.
Netanyahu’s office had previously said the premier would be meeting with Francis in October, when Netanyahu was in Rome, but a diplomatic source then told AFP that no such meeting will be taking place. The source noted that audiences with the Pope must be arranged sufficiently in advance.
President Shimon Peres met Pope Francis in Rome on April 30.