JERUSALEM (JTA) – King Abdullah of Jordan will lobby President Obama to work harder to implement a two-state solution when they meet later this month.
Abdullah will be the first Arab leader to meet with Obama in the White House, on April 21, it was announced Sunday.
The king also will discuss with the U.S. president his concerns about prospects for peace under Israel’s new government led by right-wing leader Benjamin Netanyahu, Reuters reported.
Abdullah is expected to tell Obama that the Arab League is still committed to the Arab peace initiative granting Israel peace with all Arab countries in exchange for withdrawing to pre-1967 borders.
The announcement of the meeting comes on the heels of a controversy in the United States over whether or not Obama bowed when he greeted Abdullah at last week’s G-20 Summit. The White House has denied that the president bowed.