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Statement on Conference of Presidents Meeting with Secretary of State Antony Blinken

Washington, D.C. – Dianne Lob, Chair, and William Daroff, CEO, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, issued the following statement:

“Today’s discussion at the State Department between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and leaders of the Jewish community was a productive exchange of ideas and perspectives. Secretary Blinken is the twentieth Secretary of State with whom the Conference of Presidents has met, starting with John Foster Dulles (1956), whose suggestion was the impetus for our founding.

“We are grateful for the fruitful conversation that took place and the consensus that exists on important issues, particularly strengthening the already considerable ties between the U.S. and Israel, monitoring and combatting antisemitism in its many manifestations, and countering the nuclear and terrorist threats posed by Iran.

“The Conference of Presidents works to amplify the voice of the entire spectrum of the Jewish community on these issues and others. Through meetings such as today’s, we are able to effectively convey our perspectives and recommendations to key decision-makers.

“We thank Secretary Blinken for convening this discussion, as well as for his leadership in strengthening the U.S.-Israel relationship, fighting antisemitism, and protecting the safety and security of Jewish communities around the world.”

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