Jerusalem’s mayor & US envoy look at properties for future embassy location

In a meeting held shortly after President Trump’s historic announcement, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, discussed potential locations for which the U.S. embassy may be moved to.

By UDI SHAHAM

 

In a meeting two weeks ago, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman discussed potential locations for which the US embassy might set up camp in the capital, Barkat said.

The meeting was held a week after US President Donald Trump announced the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Nir Barkat, Mayor of Jerusalem – Wikimedia

Barkat did not specify which places were discussed, but stressed the initiative was discussed at the request of the Americans.

“We met two weeks ago. We created a framework in which we are assisting them to think together about their different alternatives [of locations],” he said in an interview to Army Radio.

“We currently checking different alternatives. We are doing it on their demand, and alongside with them — and in confidentiality,” he added.

Regarding the move of the Guatemalan embassy to Jerusalem, Barkat commended President Jimmy Morales for the move, and said they would schedule a meeting with the local ambassador in order to coordinate the move.

“We should check with them how they want to conduct the move,” he said. “Luckily, the relationship between Israel and Guatemala was always great. There’s even a street and school named after Guatemala.”

“We will elaborate this great relationship and see how we can assist them,” he added.

 

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http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Jerusalem-mayor-US-envoy-hunt-for-future-embassy-location-520003

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