Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah is set to meet with United States Jewish leaders at an interfaith meeting on Wednesday, as part of his ongoing efforts to promote dialogue.

The meeting, in which leaders from other religions will also participate, will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

United Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder has been invited to the gathering, as has Mark Schneier, a highly-regarded Orthodox rabbi from New York and founding director of the Jewish-Muslim Foundation for Ethnic Understanding.

President Shimon Peres and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni will also participate. They arrived in New York on Tuesday morning ahead of the conference, which will last for two days.

On Saturday, Israel Radio reported that the editor in chief of the pan-Arab London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper called on Abdullah to refrain from shaking handswith Peres during the meeting.