Trump Invites Netanyahu to Washington; Aides Clarify No Announcement on Embassy Move is “Imminent”

Trump’s aides also clarify that no announcement on embassy move is “imminent.”

U.S. President Donald Trump is inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington in just a few weeks. The offer came during the two leaders’ first phone conversation following Trump’s inauguration – although apparently the headline-topping issue of the U.S. moving its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem never came up.

During the telephone call, Trump stressed his unprecedented commitment to Israel’s security. According to a statement from the White House, the President agrees with Netanyahu that peace between Israel and the Palestinians can only be achieved through direct negotiations between the two parties, and says that his administration “will work with Jerusalem to achieve that goal.”

The two men also agreed to continue close consultations on a range of regional issues, including addressing threats posed by Iran. However, there was reportedly no mention of the U.S. embassy move.

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