U.S. State Departmenthosts U.S.-Israeli Strategic Dialogue in D.C.

The U.S. State Department hosted the U.S.-Israeli Strategic Dialogue, the highest level diplomatic meeting between the two countries, on Wednesday.

Marie Harf, the deputy spokesperson for the State Department, announced the meeting at a daily press briefing in Washington, D.C., saying it was the first meeting of that level to occur in more than a year.

"The last time (The U.S. and Israel) met... under the auspices of the Strategic Dialogue was in July 2012 in Jerusalem," Harf said.

Harf said the meetings are ongoing, but that this meeting is significant due to the high level officials in attendance.

"Deputy Secretary Burns is leading the U.S. delegation," Harf said. "He is joined by several other U.S. officials who will be discussing a wide range of issues with their Israeli counterparts. The Israeli delegation is led by Minister for Strategic and Intelligence Affairs Responsible for International Relations Yuval Steinitz."

Harf said the State Department will report on the topics discussed by the leaders later in the week when the readout becomes available. Harf added that she expects the dialogue to be in-line with what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed earlier in the week regarding U.S.-Israeli relations.