- Associated Press - Monday, March 14, 2016

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Gov. Jay Nixon says he will lead a trade delegation to Israel next week.

The governor announced Monday that he plans to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (neh-ten-YAH’-hoo) and former President Shimon Peres (shee-MOHN’ PEHR’-ehs) on his weeklong trip to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.

Nixon also is to meet with Boeing executives and companies specializing in bioscience and software engineering. He plans to attend Easter services at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Senate Minority Leader Joe Keaveny, House Majority Leader Mike Cierpiot (SEER’-poy) and House Minority Leader Jake Hummel will join the governor on the trip.

Israel will mark the fourth country Nixon has visited in 2016, following trips to Colombia, Peru and Panama.

His travel costs are paid by the nonprofit Hawthorn Foundation.

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