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Harper, Israeli PM to meet in NYC

Stephen Harper meets with Israel's PM Netanyahu.

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DAVID AKIN | PARLIAMENTARY BUREAU CHIEF

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week in New York City.

Harper will be in the Big Apple to receive an award Thursday evening from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, a group which advocates for religious freedom and human rights around the world. The group is giving Harper its World Statesman Award on Thursday night.

On Friday morning, Harper and Netanyahu are scheduled to meet where they will almost certainly talk about Iran and unrest in the Middle East.

Netanyahu will be in New York to speak to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

Though Harper will be in New York during the week when world leaders address the General Assembly, he will not speak to the UN, letting Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird take Canada's speaking slot next Monday.

Meanwhile, both Netanyahu and Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi had requested one-on-one meetings in New York with U.S. President Barack Obama, who is speaking to the U.N. Tuesday morning. Though Obama will have time to appear on some television talk shows such as The View, the White House said Obama will not have time to meet with either Netanyahu or Morsi.

David Akin will be reporting live from the United Nations General Assembly all week on Sun News Network.

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