Netanyahu mulls U.N. address

July 16, 2009 at 7:47 AM
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JERUSALEM, July 16 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu may attend the opening ceremony of the United Nations General Assembly in September, government officials said.

The prime minister's office has instructed the Foreign Ministry to inform Israel's delegation to the United Nations to prepare for the visit, Yedioth Aharonoth reported Thursday.

Netanyahu hopes to discuss his policy for regional peace and meet with Arab leaders, the paper said.

So far Jordan's King Abdullah II, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad are among the leaders who have confirmed their attendance, the paper said.

Netanyahu will make a final decision after judging the situation closer to the time, the officials said. Much depends on whether Israel reaches an agreement with the United States on construction of settlements, they said. If there is no breakthrough, Netanyahu may not to attend, the paper said.

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