Air Force One Departs for The Middle East
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the top Democrat on the House Foreign Affairs Committee representing the U.S. Congress, has departed for The Middle East with President Barack Obama to Israel, The Palestine Authority, and Jordan.
Engel will participate in a series of high level meetings and consultations with U.S. and Israeli government officials during President Obama’s visit. Engel will also attend the Obama speech to university students in Jerusalem on Thursday, as well as the state dinner hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres.
“Israel is one of our closest allies in the world and President Obama’s visit is a powerful reminder of the unbreakable bonds between our two nations,” said Engel. “Israel continues to thrive as a nation, even as it is forced to confront a wide array of threats to its security, including Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the terrorist group Hizballah, and the civil war in neighboring Syria. There is no more powerful message to send across the world, to friends and foes alike, than a U.S. President standing shoulder to shoulder with the Israeli people. I’m honored to bring the voices of the New Yorkers I represent and the U.S. Congress to Israel on this historic trip.”
SOURCE: Congressman Engel’s Office.