Last updated: 20 February, 2012

Netanyahu to visit Obama in early March, says White House

US President Barack Obama has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit the White House for talks on March 5, the White House said Monday.

The visit, which comes amid rising tensions with Iran, was arranged during a three-day trip to Israel by US National Security Adviser Tom Donilon for security consultations with Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and other top Israeli officials.

“Mr Donilon relayed to Prime Minister Netanyahu that the president looks forward to meeting with him at the White House on March 5,” the White House said in a statement.

Netanyahu’s office said earlier this month that the prime minister would visit the United States at the beginning of March, but this was the first time a date had been set and the Obama talks confirmed.