Biden to address pro-Israel AIPAC

Vice President Biden will address a prominent pro-Israel lobby's annual conference on Monday, a White House official confirmed.

Biden's speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference will be closely watched, coming just ahead of President Obama's inaugural visit to the country later in March. Topics on the trip's agenda include restarting peace talks with the Palestinians, Iran's nuclear program and the civil war in Syria.

Obama attended AIPAC in person when he was a presidential candidate in 2008 and again in 2011 and 2012. Biden spoke to the group in 2009, and then-Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonTrump in campaign mode at NRA convention Vicente Fox to Trump: ‘Being president ain’t easy’ When political opportunity knocked, Jason Chaffetz never failed to cash in MORE spoke to the conference in 2010.

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Other high-ranking officials who have confirmed their attendance at the conference include Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird, Senate Minority Whip John CornynJohn CornynSenate's No. 2 Republican: Border tax 'probably dead' McConnell: Senate will pass short-term funding bill to avoid shutdown The Hill's 12:30 Report MORE (R-Texas), House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorTrump nominates two new DOD officials Brat: New ObamaCare repeal bill has 'significant' changes Overnight Energy: Flint lawmaker pushes EPA for new lead rule MORE (R-Va.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert MenendezRobert MenendezTaiwan deserves to participate in United Nations The way forward on the Iran nuclear deal under President Trump Corruption trial could roil NJ Senate race MORE (D-N.J.). Biden's attendance was first reported by JTA news service.

The conference runs Sunday through Tuesday. It's expected to conclude with a lobbying push for legislation that would designate Israel for the first time as a "major strategic ally."

—This story was updated at 1:45 p.m.