Mnuchin to Head American Delegation to Yerushalayim Embassy Opening

YERUSHALAYIM -
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks at a news conference during the IMF/World Bank spring meeting in Washington, Saturday. (Reuters/Yuri Gripas)

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin will head a large delegation of American officials to participate in the ceremony formally inaugurating the U.S. embassy in Yerushalayim next month, according to Channel 10 on Sunday night.

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump, are also slated to make the trip, Israeli officials said on Sunday, confirming reports of the possibility last week.

Altogether the delegation will reportedly number 250, including some 40 members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives, though none of their names were mentioned in the report. Various leaders of pro-Israel groups in the U.S. will also be on board.

However, so far neither the White House nor Mnuchin’s office have made any comment on the report.

In addition, a number of members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives will be in attendance, though none of their names were mentioned in the report.

The embassy will initially be located in a facility in Yerushalayim’s Arnona neighborhood that currently handles consular affairs, such as passports and visas. At first, it will only house Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and a small staff. The search for a permanent site for the embassy is ongoing, the State Department said.