About the Author: Carolyn Vadino serves as Deputy Spokeswoman at the United States Mission to the United Nations in New York.
On October 18, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice traveled to Jerusalem on behalf of the Obama Administration to deliver a speech to the Israeli Presidential Conference, hosted by President Shimon Peres. She also spent time traveling in the region, meeting with key leaders and making important stops along the way.
In Israel, Ambassador Rice met with Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. In the Palestinian Territories, she met with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Fayyad and PLO General Secretary Yaser Abed Rabbo.
She stopped at the historic Yad Vashem Memorial, where she laid a wreath in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
Ambassador Rice also visited Jalazoun Camp in Ramallah, where she spoke with students at the UNRWA Girls School, visited the Jalazoun health clinic, funded by the U.S. Government; and toured a USAID emergency jobs program in Bir Zeit.
She also held a roundtable discussion with Palestinian civil society and business leaders and a discussion at Exalt Technologies focused on the information technology industry.
Ambassador Rice visited Iraq, holding meetings with Iraqi leaders such as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and President Jalal Talabani. Other highlights of her travel include meetings with the leadership of the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and a meeting with Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari. She concluded her trip with a tour of the site of the August 19 terrorist bombing at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and expressed America's condolences for those killed in the attack.