U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will visit Israel next week to participate in a Holocaust memorial event, the White House confirmed.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will also attend the event, President Reuven Rivlin’s office said. Her office has yet to confirm her participation.
Pence’s plan to travel to Israel had been expected, but this is the first time the administration has confirmed that it will take place on January 23.
According to the White House statement, Pence and his wife Karen will be in Israel for two days before traveling to Italy to meet with Pope Francis in Rome. During his time in Israel, Pence will be one of dozens of leaders and senior government representatives from around the world who will attend event at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron.