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Pelosi heads delegation of House Democrats to Israel

Minority leader congratulates Jewish state on its 70th anniversary ahead of trip, which will also include a stop in Jordan

US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference at the US Capitol on March 22, 2018. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)
US House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks during a news conference at the US Capitol on March 22, 2018. (Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP)

A delegation of Congressional Democrats headed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will visit Israel ahead of the country’s 70th Independence Day.

Pelosi’s office said Saturday the focus of the trip would be “global and regional security and cooperation.”

“There is no greater political accomplishment in the 20th century than the establishment of the State of Israel,” she said in a statement.

“Our delegation is pleased to be able to extend the congratulations of the American people to the people of Israel as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jewish state this spring,” the California Democrat added.

The delegation will include representatives Adam Schiff and Jimmy Panetta of California, Rosa DeLauro and Jim Himes of Connecticut, Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Henry Cueller of Texas, Hakeem Jeffries of New York, Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, Donald McEachin of Virginia and Jamie Raskin of Maryland.

The delegation does not include any Republicans.

The trip will also include a visit to Jordan, which Pelosi said comes at a “vital time in the US relationship with this key ally.”

“We anticipate productive meetings on how our two nations and people can work together to strengthen our economic and security relationships,” she said. “Members are particularly interested in reviewing the Syrian refugee and humanitarian challenges as well as addressing other critical challenges facing the region.”

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