UNITED NATIONS – U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley announced Tuesday that she will travel to Israel after first addressing the notoriously anti-Israel Human Rights Council in Geneva – a body which the U.S. boycotted in March.
Haley’s office announced that the trip, taking place between June 5-10, will include a visit to Israel, where she is expected to hold meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Her office says she will also “observe United Nations operations in the region.”
The Jerusalem Post reported that the visit will include a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin. Haley will also see Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, and the Old City of Jerusalem.
But the visit to Israel, taking place June 7-9 will be preceded by a visit to the controversial U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, on June 6 – the first address to the Council by a U.S. Permanent Representative to the U.N.
Later that day, Haley will give a speech at the Graduate Institute in Geneva where she will “lay out the U.S. position on future involvement” in the Council and address “the benefits and the failings of the Council with respect to the vital mission of defending millions of people against the world’s worst cases of human rights abuse.”
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