Jerusalem
US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the White House, February 15, 2017.

The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem will be dedicated on Monday, May 14, 2018, the Department of State has announced.

The Office of the Spokesperson for the Department said it was proud to announce the dedication, adding Amb. David Friedman would preside over the dedication ceremony.

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It added that Deputy Secretary John Sullivan would lead the Presidential Delegation to the historic opening along with Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin.

Other members of the delegation are Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Adviser Ivanka Trump, and Special Representative for International Negotiations Jason Greenblatt.

“As the President stated on December 6, 2017, the historic opening of our embassy recognizes the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the seat of its government,” the department said.

“Seventy years ago, the United States, under President Harry S. Truman, became the first nation to recognize the State of Israel.

“Moving our Embassy is not a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace deal; rather it is a necessary condition for it.

“We are not taking a position on final status issues, including the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, nor on the resolution of contested borders.”