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Peres meeting with Obama in Washington

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 Itongadol.- On his final foreign trip, Israeli president held talks with his American counterpart and Jewish leaders at the White House.

President Barack Obama is holding meetings at the White House with outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres.

Obama and Peres are holding a private meeting with American Jewish community leaders, followed by a working lunch and an Oval Office meeting. On Thursday, Peres will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor recognizing his lifelong dedication to the cause of peace.

The 90-year-old Peres is making his final foreign trip before leaving office next month. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate has held nearly every major position in Israeli politics during his 65-year political career.

The role of Israeli president is largely ceremonial, with the office typically filled by a respected elder statesman who is expected to rise above politics.

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