Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat met with senior Congressmen in Washington on Tuesday, including Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Representative Peter Roskam (R-IL), Representative Susan Brooks (R - IN), and Chairman of the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs Ed Royce (R - CA).
The mayor presented the developments in Jerusalem in recent years and the challenges facing the city. Barkat discussed with senior government officials the status of Jerusalem in the international arena , and asked them to remain vigilant in keeping Jerusalem united.
Barkat then met with Israeli Ambassador to Washington, Ron Dermer, to discuss the challenges facing the Holy City.
AIPAC hosted the Mayor at a special dinner during the visit, where he dined with senior pro-Israel commentators, lobbyists and supporters in Washington. At the dinner, Barkat presented his vision for Jerusalem. He emphasized the fact that Jerusalem welcomes adherents of all three major religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam) and that the city has experienced economic and physical growth.
Barkat thanked AIPAC members for their commitment to uncompromising well-being and the unity of Jerusalem.