Israeli President Turns Down Invitation From White House to Meet With Obama

© AP Photo / Ronen Zvulun, PoolIncoming Israeli President Reuven Rivlin is sworn in during a ceremony at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem
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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin reportedly declined the invitation of the White House to meet with US President Barack Obama.

MOSCOW, January 26 (Sputnik) — Israeli President Reuven Rivlin declined the invitation of the White House to meet with US President Barack Obama during his upcoming visit to the United States, Haaretz reported Monday.

According to the newspaper, the reason behind the refusal was the difficulties in coordinating the schedules of the two presidents.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also does not plan to meet Obama during his visit to the United States in early March. Earlier White House National Security Council Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan said that US President Barack Obama will not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he comes to Washington, DC due to the proximity of the visit to Israeli elections.

The main purpose of the visit will be Netanyahu's speech before the members of Congress on the issue of Iran's nuclear threat

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