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Obama invites President Rivlin to Washington

Meeting scheduled for December will be the first time the two men have sat together

Stuart Winer is a breaking news editor at The Times of Israel.

President Reuven Rivlin, October 28, 2015. (Mark Neyman/GPO)
President Reuven Rivlin, October 28, 2015. (Mark Neyman/GPO)

US President Barack Obama has extended an invitation to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to make an official visit to Washington, the Hebrew-language daily Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Tuesday.

The two presidents have not met in person since Rivlin was sworn in during July 2014, succeeding Shimon Peres.

The visit has been scheduled for mid-December and will follow on the heels of a visit to Washington by Germany’s President Joachim Gauck, the report said.

Gauck and Rivlin met in May during a state visit by the Israeli president to Berlin.

Obama met the then outgoing president Peres in Washington in May 2014.

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