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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Meets with Australian Minister Malcolm Turnbull

22 September 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Meets with Australian Minister Malcolm Turnbull

(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, yesterday (Wednesday, 21 September 2016), in New York, met with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.

 

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu:

 

"It’s always a pleasure to see you. You’re a great friend of Israel. Australia and Israel have a solid friendship and I’m looking forward to coming to visit Australia. And I’m looking forward to seeing you in Israel soon."

 

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull:

 

"Very good. Well Lucy [Turnbull] was there earlier this year. We’ve launched our first innovation centre there with you. Really, the start-up nation has been great inspiration to our whole innovation agenda. So our innovation launch pad is there and we will see a lot more collaboration between Australian and Israeli innovators and financiers. It’s a very important step. As you know, that’s the way you have to stay ahead in the 21st century – you have to innovate, to take on the challenges of technology and bring the imagination to bear on technology. That’s how you secure prosperity."

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu:

 

"I agree. I think the future belongs to those who innovate. We both have innovative nations and we can do a lot more together than we can separately. And also, we owe you one for the Australian troops and the liberation of our country from the Ottoman Empire. That was a great event. I think it was the last cavalry rush in history."

 

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull:

 

"The last cavalry charge – that’s right, in Be'er Sheba."

 

Prime Minister Netanyahu:

 

"You have to come and see it.

 

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull:

 

"I will. I’ll do that. I look forward to coming back."