US Ambassador to the United States Samantha Power was set to deliver remarks to students from more than 40 schools at the Israel Middle East Model UN Conference at the American International School in Even Yehuda on Monday.
Power's remarks will focus on how young people can help the UN live up to its core principles, including by fighting bias and injustice.
Power arrived on Saturday for a four-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority. This is her first visit as UN envoy, and on Sunday she visited Yad Vashem.
The State Department said Power is in the region to discuss a range of regional and bilateral issues, “including the United States and Israel’s shared security concerns and close cooperation, prospects for a two-state solution and the importance of UN humanitarian and peacekeeping operations in the region.”
Power met on Saturday in Ramallah with PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, and also with a group of Al-Quds University students.
She met with both President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday.
Power spoke of her meeting with the Model UN students in her comments to Rivlin. "During my visit I will have the opportunity to spend some time with young people, and to meet with young Israelis from around the country taking part in a Model UN conference. At a time of difficult and tragic violence in which so many Israeli and Palestinian families have suffered, I am keen to hear your thoughts about how tensions can be calm, and how we can get back on track in the hope that a solution can be negotiated."
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