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 ClintonRyan: No evidence of American 'colluding' with Russia Trump hostility has Arab business, political leaders on edge Will Tom Perez bring the real change the Democratic Party needs? 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 CornynSpeaker Ryan faces crucial stretch Governors: Trump says he's crafting his own ObamaCare plan Senate's No. 2 Republican pushing gun bill MORE (R-Texas), House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorGOP shifting on immigration Breitbart’s influence grows inside White House Ryan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote MORE (R-Va.), House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert MenendezRobert MenendezSteve Mnuchin, foreclosure king, now runs your US Treasury Senate Dems move to nix Trump's deportation order Senators to Trump: We support additional Iran sanctions 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.