Netanyahu to visit White House March 3

FILE - This Sept. 30, 2013 file photo shows President Barack Obama meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. Netanyahu plans to visit President Barack Obama next month amid tension between the allies on diplomatic matters. The White House announced the March 3 visit on Wednesday and said the two leaders would discuss Mideast peace efforts, Iran's nuclear program and other regional issues. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to visit President Barack Obama next month amid tension between the allies on diplomatic matters.

The White House announced the March 3 visit on Wednesday and said the two leaders would discuss Mideast peace efforts, Iran's nuclear program and other regional issues.

Netanyahu has also been an outspoken critic of the U.S.-led efforts to curb Iran's nuclear program. Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry is attempting to broker a Mideast peace deal that would establish an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel. Some Israeli ministers have criticized Kerry's efforts.

The White House said in a statement that Netanyahu's visit "is a demonstration of the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel and our close consultations on a range of security issues."