The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby will travel to Israel for a 12-day visit in May, the Guardian has reported.

It will be Welby’s first visit to the region since 2013.

During his visit Welby is planning to meet with Christian leaders in Bethlehem as well as Israeli and Palestinian leaders. He plans to hold interfaith events to advance peace and coexistence.

Welby will also tour religious sites in Israel including Jerusalem, Nazareth and the Galilee.

During his previous visit Welby stressed Israel’s legitimacy and right to security, and also spoke of the persecution of Christians by Islamists in the Middle East.

Welby, raised by a Jewish father, is the leader of the Church of England and of 80 million Anglicans worldwide.