President Joe Biden is expected to speak with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the near future.

“His first call with a leader in the region will be with Prime Minister Netanyahu. It will be soon. I don’t have an exact date for you,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters.

“Israel is, of course, an ally. Israel is a country where we have an important strategic security relationship and our team is fully engaged, not at the head-of-state level quite yet but very soon,” she said.

However, Psaki did not provide any details on when the phone call between the two leaders would take place. However, she did note that there have been multiple calls between US officials and Israeli counterparts in various government positions. At the end of January, White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan spoke with his Israeli counterpart, Mei Ben Shabbat.

On Inauguration Day, Netanyahu congratulated Biden on assuming office via a video message, in which he called on Washington to cooperate with Israel in confronting “the threat posed by Iran”. Netanyahu also expressed hopes that the new US leadership would further build upon the Middle East peace deals brokered by Donald Trump,