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Mnuchin Will Lead US Delegation to Open New Embassy in Jerusalem

Mnuchin Will Lead US Delegation to Open New Embassy in Jerusalem

By    |   Monday, 23 April 2018 12:54 PM

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin is set to head the U.S. delegation at the opening of the new American embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, Axios reports.

Mnuchin will lead about 250 people, including 40 members of Congress, Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, and leading members of Jewish organizations and Israel-supporting groups. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and adviser, Jared Kushner, is scheduled to attend, possibly with his wife, fellow White House adviser Ivanka Trump.

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley and Vice President Mike Pence may also attend, but have not been confirmed, according to The Jerusalem Post. 

"Initially, the interim embassy in Arnona will contain office space for [U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman] and a small staff. By the end of next year, we will complete the construction of additional office space in the Arnona compound that will provide the ambassador and his team with expanded interim capacity," a U.S. embassy official told The Times of Israel last week. 

"Most embassy staff will continue to live and work in Tel Aviv during this period until a new embassy is built in Jerusalem. We expect the process of site selection, design, planning and permitting, and construction of a permanent embassy to take additional years to complete."

Friedman will "continue to divide his time between his official residence in Herzliya and a residence in Jerusalem during the initial phases of the embassy move, as this is a multi-year process," the official added.

Guatemala is expected to follow the U.S. in moving its embassy from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem on May 16.

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