Shimon Peres set to visit White House in June before retiring

Shimon Peres. Credit: David Shankbone.

( Israeli President Shimon Peres will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on June 25, just weeks before he is set to retire.

A White House announcement of Peres’s visit was made following a meeting between U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice and Peres in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Rice was in Israel as part of the U.S.-Israel Consultative Group meetings, where she and other top American officials met with Israel’s leadership on a wide-range of security issues, including Iran’s nuclear program.

Rice told the Israeli leaders that the U.S. “will not allow Iran to acquire a nuclear weapon, and that diplomacy is the best way to resolve the international community’s concerns peacefully,” the White House said in a statement.

Peres’s is set to retire following the end of his term as president on July 15. 

Posted on May 7, 2014 .