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Council on Global Security lauds launch of U.S. House of Representatives Friends of Egypt Caucus
Warning that there is “no more important foreign policy issue confronting the U.S. today than growing chaos in the Middle East,” the Council on Global Security has commended the creation of the Friends of Egypt Caucus in the United States House of Representatives.
“The dangerous inaction by the current Administration to confront the unraveling in the Middle East -- from Syria, to ISIS, to the current pummeling of Israel and Gaza -- requires the best direction and leadership Washington has to offer,” said Tera Dahl, executive director and co-founder of the Council. “Unfortunately, there is a vacuum in the White House, little more than global meandering out of the State Department, and a lack of resolve in Congress, as a whole. Fortunately, some Members are not waiting. The Friends of Egypt Caucus understands the importance of the historic alliance between that nation and the United States, as well as its critical role in fighting radical Islamic terrorism.”
The bipartisan Caucus, co-chaired by Representatives Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA), announced its formation July 16 in a press conference at the Capitol. “Egypt has been and continues to be one of America’s strongest allies in the Arab world,” the Caucus stated. “The Egyptian government has been a steadfast partner in the war on terrorism. In the aftermath of the Arab Spring, al-Qaeda connected terrorist groups have emerged in Egypt and are attempting to topple their democratically elected government. It is imperative that the United States show resolve to support democracy in Egypt and oppose the efforts of violent terrorists.”
Six protestors from Code Pink, a radical anti-war group, tried to disrupt the proceedings and were moved by U.S. Capitol police to a distance of about 20-yards away, where they continued to harangue members of the caucus to no avail.
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