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  • Hastings’ Statement on Israel-UAE Agreement to Normalize Relations
    Posted in Press Releases on August 14, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Alcee L. (D-FL) made the following statement on the agreement reached between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to fully normalize diplomatic relations: “Yesterday’s announcement that the State of Israel and the UAE will establish full diplomatic relations is welcome news and a historic step forward. I congratulate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and their governments for working diligently over the past year in pursuit of this agreem... Read more

  • Hastings, Meeks' Statement on Foreign Affairs Funding for Diversity and Global Anti-Racism Programs
    Posted in Press Releases on July 24, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Education, Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Congressman Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY) today issued the following joint statement regarding the language in the Fiscal Year 2021 State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (SFOPS) appropriations bill that supports efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in international affairs and provide protections for minority and indigenous populations abroad: “Our success in securing more funding and reporting requirements to diversify America’s diplomatic workf... Read more

  • Helsinki Commission Chairman Hastings, Commissioners Moore, Cleaver, and Veasey Lead Call for Comprehensive Action to Address Anti-Black Racism Abroad
    Posted in Press Releases on July 8, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs - Europe

    In a bicameral letter to the President of the European Commission, Helsinki Commission Chairman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) joined the Black members of the Helsinki Commission, Representatives Gwen Moore (D-WI), Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), and Marc Veasey (D-TX), in leading 35 other Members of the United States Congress, including the Congressional Black Caucus Chair and other Helsinki Commissioners, in calling for a sweeping plan of action following the European Parliament’s Juneteenth Day resolution ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Airstrike in Iraq Targeting Top Iranian Commander
    Posted in Press Releases on January 3, 2020 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) issued the following statement after the Trump administration conducted a deadly airstrike targeting a top Iranian commander at the Baghdad International Airport: “Iranian Quds Force Commander Qasem Soleimani was a ruthless killer responsible for the deaths and injuries of thousands, particularly United States soldiers, when he introduced Iranian-made IEDs in Iraq, in addition to torturing and killing thousands in Iraq and elsewhere. “Congress must be called ... Read more

  • Hastings and Wilson Lead Bipartisan Letter Urging the Establishment of a Regional FDA Office in Israel
    Posted in Press Releases on November 22, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Care, Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and Congressman Joe Wilson (R-SC) led the following letter to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Alex Azar, urging the establishment of a regional office of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the State of Israel. Joining Hastings and Wilson in sending the letter include: Representatives Vern Buchanan (R-FL), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Lois Frankel (D-FL), Grace Meng (D-NY), Stephanie Murphy (D-FL),... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Death of ISIS Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi
    Posted in Press Releases on October 28, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings made the following statement on the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: “I commend our outstanding military service-members and the intelligence community on their success in working with our regional allies to complete this operation with bravery and professionalism. “While the death of al-Baghdadi represents a blow to ISIS, there is no doubt that ISIS is still a threat. President Trump’s recent decisions, including abandoning our allies and green-lighting T... Read more

  • Hastings Blasts Trump’s Lifting of Sanctions on Turkey
    Posted in Press Releases on October 23, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings made the following statement on President Donald J. Trump’s decision to lift sanctions on Turkey: “President Trump made a disastrous decision in Northern Syria that shredded America’s credibility and directly led to the displacement of more than 176,000 people. It is both outrageous and reprehensible that he is now rewarding Turkey’s incursion against our Kurdish allies by easing sanctions and giving the Turkish government everything it wants. The President’s reckle... Read more

  • Tunisia Caucus Co-Chairs Hastings and Schweikert Applaud the Democratic Election of President Saied of Tunisia
    Posted in Press Releases on October 18, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs - Africa

    Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and David Schweikert (R-AZ), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Tunisia Caucus, sent the following letter to newly-elected President Kais Saied of Tunisia to congratulate him on becoming the country’s second democratically elected president since the Jasmin Revolution. Furthermore, the letter applauds President Saied’s announcement to prioritize respect for the constitution, the rule of law, and the equal application of the law to all Tunisians. (Please find ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement On Yom Kippur Shooting Outside German Synagogue
    Posted in Press Releases on October 10, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs - Europe

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings released the following statement on yesterday’s shooting outside of a synagogue in Halle, Germany: “I am heartbroken to hear about the shooting near a synagogue in Germany where Jewish worshippers gathered to observe Yom Kippur. I stand in solidarity with the two innocent lives lost and the families and worshippers who were impacted by this senseless act of violence and hatred. As we commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Pittsburgh synagogue tragedy later this... Read more

  • Hastings Blasts Trump’s Announcement of Withdrawal from Northeast Syria
    Posted in Press Releases on October 7, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after the White House announced that American troops would withdraw from Syria’s border with Turkey: “The President’s latest impulsive decision is outright dangerous and appalling. In sanctioning Turkish military action against the American-trained Kurdish forces who fought and died on the front lines against the Islamic State, the President has abandoned our allies in Syria and made an egregious strategic error. This will und... Read more

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