U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit Israel ahead of its April 9 election, State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said.
In addition, Pompeo plans to visit Lebanon, Israel and Kuwait "next week."
The State Department, without giving precise dates, said the trip was planned for a little later. In any case, it will take place ahead of the Israeli election.
Palladino said Pompeo's trip was not intended to send any message. "Israel is an ally. We're not going to get involved in the domestic politics of another country," AFP cited him as saying.
The spokesman said a detailed itinerary would be announced soon.