Islam News – President Biden will host the departing Israeli president, Reuven Rivlin, at the White House as the U.S. tries to revive a nuclear agreement with Iran.
It will most likely be Rivlin’s last visit as president of Israel, after the country elected Isaac Herzog, a former leader of the Labor Party and government minister to the role. The president of Israel does not wield as much power as the prime minister but plays an important role in diplomacy and in unifying the parliamentary democracy.
The two leaders will discuss the formation of Israel’s new government and the country’s defense needs.
It’s a critical juncture in the negotiations between the U.S. and Iran over reviving a nuclear deal, which Israel opposes. The deal would ease sanctions on Tehran in return for limits on its nuclear program. The White House meeting also comes less than a day after the U.S. carried out airstrikes against Iranian-backed militias.