Barkat urges Clinton to move US Embassy to Jerusalem

March 3, 2009 17:32


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Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Tuesday urged US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to move the US Embassy to the capital. In a brief meeting with Clinton at Jerusalem's King David Hotel, Barkat's office said the mayor shared his vision for Jerusalem's future, emphasizing economic development and exposing the culture of Jerusalem to the global marketplace. "Today's greetings were a start to a constructive dialogue, rooted in Secretary Clinton's years of support for Israel as First Lady and as a leader in the US Senate," he said. "I look forward to having a partner in the US administration as we embrace the challenges facing Jerusalem in our time." Barkat's added that he was "confident" that Clinton's tenure as head of the US State Department would bring "positive and productive developments" to the relationship between the US, Israel and Jerusalem. "Accordingly, I proposed that Secretary Clinton start by moving the US Embassy in Israel home to Jerusalem," he stressed.

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