Israeli President Shimon Peres left on Saturday night for an official visit to Washington, D.C.
He will be attending the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) annual conference today, honoring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s request to represent Israel at the event.
AIPAC is widely known as Israel’s unofficial lobby organization. Mr. Peres will deliver the main address before the conference today. The president’s office announced he “will discuss the need for Israel to make peace and will emphasize that we are entering a decisive year in the Middle East.”
Mr. Peres will also meet with high-level America policymakers, including: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.
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He also plans to visit New York and meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
The Israeli president’s office says Mr. Peres plans to seek to broaden strategic cooperation between Israel and the U.S., provide a thorough analysis of the advancement of the peace process with the Palestinians and try to work to thwart Iran’s nuclear ambitions during his meetings with Mr. Obama and other U.S. leaders.
Mr. Peres’ press secretary said he plans to grant a number of interviews to television, radio and print magazines, including: Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, National Public Radio, Wolf Blitzer on CNN, and Joe Scarborough’s “Morning Joe” program on MSNBC.
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