Trump to host Israel’s Netanyahu March 25-26: White House


WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump will host Israeli Pm Benjamin Netanyahu inside the White House next Monday and Tuesday, the White House said, reaffirming both of them leaders’ close ties.

The announcement came immediately after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Tel Aviv on Wednesday and planned to offer remarks alongside Netanyahu.

“Obama and the prime minister will discuss their countries’ shared interests and actions from the East in a working meeting on March 25,” the White House said in the statement. Trump will host Netanyahu for a dinner on Tuesday night.

The Israeli pm planned to attend Washington in the near future to address the annual conference in the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, two weeks before the Israeli election on April 9.

“Relations while using the United States never have been this strong,” Netanyahu said at a speech earlier Wednesday.

Israel’s attorney general said on Feb. 28 he titans indict Netanyahu in three corruption cases. Netanyahu, who denies any wrongdoing, should have the chance to persuade the attorney-general to scrap the costs at a hearing expected after the election.