Obama to meet with Israel's Netanyahu on July 6

By From News Services
Monday, June 21, 2010; A02

President Obama's latest White House meeting with Israel's prime minister is set for July 6 -- more than a month after their last one was scuttled at the last minute.

Obama and Binyamin Netanyahu had planned talks on June 1. But that fell apart after Israel's deadly raid May 31 on an aid flotilla hoping to break the Israeli blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The raid has strained U.S. and Israeli relations, and the White House has announced a $400 million aid package for Gaza and the West Bank.

Obama also will meet with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on June 29, with the Middle East peace process among the topics of discussion.

"The president looks forward to discussing with King Abdullah the strengthening of bilateral ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia, as well as a range of common concerns related to Gulf security, peace in the Middle East and other regional and global matters," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement.

Oil-producing giant Saudi Arabia is a close U.S. ally in the Middle East.

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