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 ClintonFormer intelligence chief Clapper: Trump Jr. meeting was 'classic, textbook Soviet and now Russian statecraft' Will Trump learn from his past and end the healthcare war once and for all? OPINION | Gorka: America is back with the first 6 months of Trump 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 CornynReport: Republican says Trump doesn’t even scare Senate pages GOP reverses course on healthcare Obama sends well wishes to McCain: 'Cancer doesn't know what it's up against' MORE (R-Texas), House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorSpecial interests hide behind vets on Independence Day What to watch for in Comey’s testimony Trump nominates two new DOD officials MORE (R-Va.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert MenendezRobert MenendezBipartisan group, Netflix actress back bill for American Latino Museum The Mideast-focused Senate letter we need to see Taiwan deserves to participate in United Nations 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.