Tuesday, July 22, 2008

HFAC Members Go to New York

On July 22, 2008, House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC) Chairperson Howard Berman (D-CA) led a delegation of committee members to New York to meet with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. envoy to the U.N. Zalmay Khalilzad, Undersecretary General for Political Affairs Lynn Pascoe and the U.N. representatives of Britain, France, Russia and China. According to HFAC announcement, the delegation received briefings on a wide array of issues, "including Iran's nuclear weapons program" (their words, not mine).

Other members of the delegation were: Gary Ackerman (D-NY), Donald Payne (D-NJ), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Lynn Woolsey (D-CA), Steve Chabot (R-OH), Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX), Gregory W. Meeks (D-NY), Joe Crowley (D-NY), Dianne Watson (D-CA), Brad Miller (D-NC), David Scott (D-GA), Russ Carnahan (D-MO), Jim Costa (D-CA), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Albio Sires (D-NJ), Ron Klein (D-FL), and Shelley Berkley (D-NV) (a former member of the committee and current leader of the Transatlantic Legislators' Dialogue).

The delegation coincided with a periodic meeting of the Security Council on the Middle East. Inner City Press is the only media outlet so far to carry a story on the delegation. Little else is known.

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