B’nai B’rith International has issued the following statement:
A B’nai B’rith leadership delegation met privately at United Nations headquarters in New York with Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who assumed office only three weeks ago.
The delegation members conveyed to the secretary-general B'nai B'rith's best wishes and readiness to partner closely on the advancement of the U.N.'s founding principles. They discussed a variety of priority concerns, particularly a long history of hostile and inequitable treatment for Israel at the world body, Middle East peacemaking, Iranian involvement in illicit nuclear activity and terrorism and the scourge of global anti-Semitism.
The group, led by B’nai B’rith International President Gary P. Saltzman and CEO Daniel S. Mariaschin, also included Senior Vice President Sheila Mostyn, B’nai B’rith International Center for Human Rights and Public Policy Chairman Charles Kaufman, Council on U.N. Affairs Chairman Michael Nachman, Director of U.N. and Intercommunal Affairs David Michaels and B’nai B’rith young leader Jason Langsner. B'nai B'rith also included several representatives of other major Jewish communal institutions in the meeting.