PM to Have 'Quality Face Time' With Bush in U.S. Next Month

Olmert will have lunch with the U.S. president on November 13, and the two will hold a joint news conference.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is to receive "quality face time" with U.S. President George Bush during their White House meeting on November 13 based on arrangements for the premier's upcoming U.S. visit.

Olmert said this week that the Iranian nuclear threat will be the main topic of their meeting.

At their last meeting in May, Bush met with Olmert and his wife Aliza on the Truman Balcony, located in the White House's residential area, for an extended private conversation aimed at forging a personal bond between the two leaders.

White House aides agreed to Olmert's request to have lunch with Bush at the White House, and to hold a joint press conference in the morning in order to coincide with the evening news broadcasts in Israel.

Olmert will arrive in Washington November 12, and will stay at the president's guest house, Blair House.

He will meet with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley that evening to prepare for his meeting with Bush the following day.

After meeting Bush, Olmert will meet Vice President Dick Cheney. He will leave the following day for Los Angeles, where he is scheduled to speak before the United Jewish Communities' General Assembly.