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Advisory: Senators Kaine, King To Travel To Middle East

Trip will includes visits to Israel, the West Bank and Egypt

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and Central and South Asian Affairs, and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Angus King, a member of the Senate Armed Services and Intelligence Committees, will depart today for a week-long trip to the Middle East. Senators Kaine and King will visit Israel and the West Bank. Senator Kaine will also visit Egypt.
In Israel, Kaine and King will visit an Iron Dome site, as well as meet with Israeli government leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, and Justice Minister and chief Israeli negotiator for Israel-Palestinian peace talks, Tzipi Livni. The Senators will also meet with Members of the Israeli Knesset.   
In the West Bank, the Senators plan to meet with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah and Palestinian Authority chief negotiator Saeb Erekat, as well as meet with Palestinian businessmen, entrepreneurs, and visit a USAID project site. 
In Egypt, Kaine hopes to meet with interim President Adly Mansour, Minister of Foreign Affairs Nabil Fahmy and Defense Minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Kaine will also meet with youth leaders, opposition party members and civil society activists. He will also visit the Multinational Force and Observers Mission and meet with servicemembers from Virginia.