WASHINGTON – President Shimon Peres, who is scheduled to visit the United States next week in order to attend the annual AIPAC meeting, will meet with US President Barack Obama on Monday.
The White House said that it was decided to use Peres' visit in order to have Obama meet with the "most knowledgeable Israeli statesman."
Peres will thus become the first Israeli leader to meet Obama in the White House, preceding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is scheduled to meet the US presidents in mid May.
So far, Obama met with only one Mideast leader – King Abdullah II of Jordan. The White House also extended invitations to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.