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A Philadelphia Flavor to Peres' Final Official Washington Visit

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Congressman Chaka Fattah and Israeli President Shimon Peres discuss brain research on June 25, 2014. Photo by Shmuel Lenchevsky.

As part of his farewell tour of the American political scene, outgoing Israeli President Shimon Peres sat down with Congressman Chaka Fattah of Philadelphia on June 25.

Among the topics discussed: bipartisan legislation in the House of Representatives that aims to increase brain research cooperation between Israel and the United States, according to a news release.

“It was an honor and pleasure to see President Peres again and update him on my progress to forge a formal neuroscience partnership between our two countries,” Fattah said in the release. “We have a shared belief in the global impact of brain research and the importance of collaboration and cooperation in this field.”

Fattah previously met the Israeli president during a 2013 visit to Israel as the keynote speaker at the inaugural BrainTech Israel conference. During that trip, he was debriefed by Peres on the Jewish nation’s security.

Peres will leave his office June 30 at the end of his seven-year term.

The 90-year-old Peres, a fixture in the Israeli and global political scene for six decades, has been making the valedictory rounds of the Washington political circles in advance of his successor, the recently elected Reuven Rivlin, assuming the presidency.

In acknowledgment of his role in U.S.-Israel relations, Peres was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal on June 26.

“President Peres’ leadership and service to his country is unmatched, and his extraordinary vision has continued to guide Israel into the 21st century,” said Fattah. “Today’s gold medal recognition is a fitting tribute for a true hero and public servant.”

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