JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli President Shimon Peres will visit the White House at the end of June.
The meeting, set for June 25, will come just weeks before Peres steps down as president. A successor is expected to be chosen in June, before the end of Peres’ term in July.
U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice told Peres that “President Obama looks forward to welcoming him for a visit to the White House on June 25th,” according to a White House readout of a meeting Wednesday in Jerusalem.
The same day, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters traveling to Little Rock, Ark., with Obama that Peres would visit.
In June 2012, Obama presented Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor awarded by the United States to a civilian, at a White House ceremony.