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  • 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

  • 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

  • Hastings and Schweikert Condemn Suicide Bombing Attacks in Tunisia
    Posted in Articles on June 27, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Representatives Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) and David Schweikert (R-AZ), Co-Chairs of the Congressional Tunisia Caucus, made the following statement regarding the suicide bombing attacks which took place this morning in Tunis, Tunisia: “We were saddened to learn of the horrific suicide bombing attacks that took place in the Tunisian Capital this morning. We offer our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and our deepest sympathies to the people of Tunisia. Terrorism cannot be allowed t... Read more

  • Hastings Introduces H.Res.138, Supporting the Concurrent-Track Approach to the Middle East Peace Process
    Posted in Press Releases on February 21, 2019 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after introducing a resolution supporting the concurrent-track approach to the Middle East Peace Process. Joining Hastings in introducing the resolution were House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Representatives David Schweikert (R-AZ) and Rob Woodall (R-GA). (Please find attached a copy of the resolution): “The Israeli-Palestinian conflict presents an immensely difficult challenge that has no easy an... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Withdrawal of U.S. Troops from Syria
    Posted in Press Releases on December 20, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after President Trump announced the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria: “The President’s abrupt decision to withdraw troops from Syria despite a number of unresolved and pressing national security matters is extremely troubling. His assessment that the Islamic State has been defeated is shockingly divorced from reality, and has been contradicted by national security professionals within his own administration. By leaving bef... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on President Trump’s Withdrawal from the Iran Nuclear Agreement
    Posted in Press Releases on May 8, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after President Donald John Trump announced the withdrawal of the United States from the Iran Nuclear Agreement: “I am deeply concerned that President Trump’s decision to remove the United States from the Iran Nuclear Agreement was made to fulfil a campaign pledge, rather than in the interest of global security. Although I opposed the agreement, in part because of its provisions protecting Iran’s capacity for manufacturing adv... Read more

  • Hastings Celebrates Israel’s 70th Independence Day
    Posted in Press Releases on April 18, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement marking Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day: “I am proud to congratulate the State of Israel as it celebrates its 70th Independence Day. The U.S.-Israel relationship is paramount, and we must never take for granted the close ties between us. “Israel’s story is truly remarkable. I have been privileged to visit Israel as a Member of Congress 18 times, and each time I go I am inspired by what I see. Despite constant challenges ... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria
    Posted in Press Releases on April 13, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: National Security, Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) released the following statement after President Trump ordered military strikes against the Syrian regime, in response to the brutal chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma: “Last week’s chemical weapon attack in Douma, like the one carried out in April 2017 against the town of Khan Shaykhun, is an outrageous war crime perpetrated by the Assad regime. The use of chemical weapons requires a swift, strong, and deliberate international response. “The Presi... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on the Seventh Anniversary of the Syrian Civil War
    Posted in Press Releases on March 15, 2018 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement on the seventh anniversary of the Syrian Civil War: “Since 2011, it is estimated that almost 500,000 Syrians have been killed with millions more displaced, creating a refugee crisis across Europe and the Middle East. Today, we will sadly mark the seventh anniversary of the Syrian Civil War, which is one of the bloodiest wars of the last 70 years. “I traveled to Syria in January 2010 and personally met with President Bashar al-Assa... Read more

  • Hastings’ Statement on Trump Administration Recognition of Jerusalem as the Capital of Israel
    Posted in Press Releases on December 6, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Foreign Affairs - The Middle East

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL) made the following statement after President Donald John Trump announced that the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and relocate its embassy to the city: “I believe that Jerusalem is and should remain the undivided capital of Israel. To deny the Jewish connection to Jerusalem would be to deny world history. That being said, the manner in which the Trump Administration has announced its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of ... Read more

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