President Barack Obama will stop in the West Bank and Jordan on his trip to the Middle East in the coming months on a trip which will also include his first visit as U.S. leader to Israel, the White House said Tuesday.
Officials had earlier disclosed Obama would visit Israel this Spring and the White House later confirmed that the trip would also involve travel to Jordan and the Palestinian territories.
Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, discussed the matter in a telephone call on Jan. 28, the official said.
“The start of the president’s second term and the formation of a new Israeli government offer the opportunity to reaffirm the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and to discuss the way forward on a broad range of issues of mutual concern, including Iran and Syria,” the official said.
“Additional details about the trip – including the dates of travel – will be released at a later time.”