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Core Tip:JERUSALEM, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama next

JERUSALEM, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet with U.S. President Barack Obama next Wednesday in Washington D.C., U.S. officials /confirm/ied.

Netanyahu is set to go to the United States on Sunday, as he is scheduled to speak in front of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. This is the first bilateral meeting between the two in seven months and the first meeting to be conducted following the Gaza operation.

The announcement was made by White House officials and confirmed by U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro late Monday.

The topics on the agenda for the meeting, the Ha'aretz daily reported citing Israeli officials, will be the U.S. actions against the Islamic State organization and the P5+1 countries' negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program.

There have been mounting tensions in the past year between Israel and the United States, among others over the suspension of the peace talks with the Palestinians and the expansion of Jewish settlements, as well as disagreements regarding the conduct of the Gaza Operation and the topic of a nuclear Iran.

Obama and Netanyahu are also set to discuss the Palestinian Authority's efforts to get international recognition of a Palestinian state situated in the Palestinian territories in the West Bank through unilateral moves, among which efforts to join international conventions and UN bodies, as there are currently no negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

Other than meeting with Obama, Netanyahu is also scheduled to meet in New York with the recently elected Indian Prime Minister Narandra Modi, a politician considered to be friendly to Israel.

 
 
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