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Biden invites Zelenskiy to White House for Dec. 12 meeting

Reuters WORLD
Published December 10,2023
U.S. President Joe Biden and Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky hold a press conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 21, 2022. (AFP File Photo)

U.S. President Joe Biden has invited Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to a Dec. 12 meeting at the White House to discuss the ongoing war against Russia and the "vital importance" of continued U.S. support of their defense efforts.

In a statement, the White House said the two will discuss Ukraine's "urgent needs" facing Ukraine, and comes as the White House looks to strike an agreement with Congress that would provide military aid for Ukraine and Israel.

Zelenskiy's office said on the Telegram messaging app that the Ukrainian leader would arrive in Washington on Monday and that he would meet Biden during a working visit that would include "a series of meetings and discussions."

Key topics during Zelenskiy's visit would include defense cooperation between the United States and Ukraine, "particularly through joint projects on the production of weapons and air defense systems, as well as the coordination of efforts between our countries in the coming year," Zelenskiy's office said.