WASHINGTON -- President Shimon Peres will appeal to US President Barack Obama on behalf of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard on "humanitarian" grounds, he said soon after his arrival in Washington Monday.

Peres said he will raise the issue of a pardon in a private meeting with Obama that will part of the multiple days of events scheduled to celebrate his being honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Peres was scheduled to begin his visit with a ceremony receiving him at the Pentagon later on Monday.

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