Linda Thomas-Greenfield will be first top Biden official to visit Israel since formation of new government in June

United States Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield will travel to Jerusalem, Ramallah, and Amman on November 14-19 “to reaffirm our partnerships, meet with senior UN officials, and advance U.S. objectives on the Middle East that figure prominently in our work at the United Nations,” her office said in a media note on Thursday.   

Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will be the first U.S. Cabinet official to visit Israel since the formation of its new government in June.

There, she is expected to meet with senior Israeli officials to reinforce the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and discuss continued U.S.-Israel cooperation at the UN and a full range of regional issues. She will also visit Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Center, where she will tour the museum and lay a wreath to commemorate victims of the Holocaust.  

In Ramallah, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will continue the Administration’s efforts to build ties with the Palestinian people. She will meet with the Palestinian leadership, as well as with civil society. In Jerusalem and Ramallah, she will discuss practical steps to advance freedom, security, and prosperity for all and to preserve the viability of a two-state solution.   

While in Jordan, Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will reaffirm the United States commitment to the enduring and strategic partnership between the two countries. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will also convey the United States appreciation for Jordan’s generosity in hosting refugees from neighboring countries. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield will engage with refugees and see firsthand how U.S. assistance provides life-saving support to address humanitarian needs in Jordan for refugees and the communities that host them.  

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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