Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit Washington on March 2, where he is to discuss Iran and the peace process with US President Barack Obama, his office said Monday. JERUSALEM (Ma’an/AFP) — The visit will take place as US Secretary of State John Kerry seeks to forge a framework agreement which will keep Israeli and Palestinian negotiators at the table beyond a looming April deadline, despite little outward sign of any progress to date.

‘The prime minister will be going to the United States on March 2 for the annual meeting of AIPAC in Washington,’ an official in Netanyahu’s office told AFP, referring to a powerful pro-Israel lobby group.

‘He is also expected to meet President Obama, and after that he will fly to Los Angeles for meetings,’ he said.

The trip was expected to focus heavily on US efforts to drive forward Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, and a global attempt to reach a comprehensive accord with Iran to roll back its disputed nuclear programme.

Photo: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu chairs the weekly
cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, on Jan. 12, 2014

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