US national security adviser headed to Israel in May
Published Thursday 06/03/2014 (updated) 07/03/2014 23:34
National Security Adviser Susan Rice arrives for a meeting
with US President Barack Obama and locals at the San Luis
Water Facility February 14, 2014 in Firebaugh, California
(AFP/File Brendan Smialowski)
WASHINGTON (AFP) -- US National Security Adviser Susan Rice will travel to Israel in May to head an American delegation for wide-ranging bilateral talks, the White House said Wednesday.
The announcement came two days after President Barack Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House and they found themselves once again very publicly at odds as they discussed the sensitive issues of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and Iran's nuclear program.
"President Obama has asked National Security Adviser Susan Rice to travel to Israel in May to lead the US delegation to the US-Israel Consultative Group," a White House statement said.
"Ambassador Rice looks forward to her first visit to Israel as national security adviser to continue our strategic consultations on a wide range of bilateral and regional issues."
During their talks, Obama pushed for a decision on the peace process, while Netanyahu insisted Israel had done its part and said Iran is now the most urgent threat.