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UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations Security Council has met with President Barack Obama and senior leaders of the Senate and Pentagon during a visit to Washington.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power said the visit underscored the gravity of global threats and highlighted the urgent need for international cooperation.

Power organized Monday's trip for the 15 members of the U.N.'s most powerful body and the five new elected members who will join the council on Jan. 1.

She said Obama and other senior U.S. officials delivered the same message: That international engagement is critical to solving today's wide-ranging threats from the Islamic State extremist group to the Syria crisis and violence in Burundi, South Sudan, Yemen and elsewhere.

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