Kerry: Israeli PM welcome at 'any time' to speak in US

January 22, 2015 03:12

US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was welcome to give a speech at "any time" in the United States, hours after the White House expressed displeasure with the procedure behind a congressional invitation to the premier.

Earlier Wednesday, US House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to address Congress on Iran without consulting US President Barack Obama, prompting the White House to question whether protocol had been violated.

AFP cited Kerry, the top US diplomat, as agreeing that is was a "little unusual" to hear about the invitation from Boehner's officer and not by means of the usual diplomatic protocol.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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