Cantor Presses for More Pressure on Iran

Cantor says that the Middle East shares the U.S. concerns over Iran's moves.

Congressman Mike Kelly said, "Iran's nuclear ambitions and continued acts of aggression and intimidation in Iraq, Afghanistan, and in the Strait of Hormuz present a clear threat to regional stability and the pursuit of peace in the Middle East. The United States and our allies in the region will continue to work together to deter Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and to stop the spread of extremism throughout the Middle East."Congressman Todd Young said, "Iran's nuclear program poses a grave threat to U.S. national security and America's fragile economic recovery. It's clear that leaders throughout the Mideast share U.S. concerns, but are looking for American leadership to advance our national security interests."The nine-member delegation has visited Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. In Turkey, the lawmakers met with U.S. embassy officials in Turkey, Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, President Abdullah Gul, Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Ahmet Davutoglu, and Dr. Faruk Logoglu, the Deputy Chairman of the opposition Republican People's Party in Turkey.In Qatar, the visit encompassed meetings with U.S. embassy officials in Qatar, Heir Apparent His Highness Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs His Excellency Dr. Khalid Bin Mohammad Al Attiyah, VCU in Education City and senior U.S. Central Command Officers. The Members also ate dinner with Junior Officers and enlisted Airmen from their home states.In Saudi Arabia, the group met with U.S. embassy officials in Saudi Arabia, six members of the consultative Shura Council, Deputy Foreign Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources His Excellency Ali Al-Naimi, Minister of Defense HRH Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud, and Chief of General Intelligence HRH Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz.In Abu Dhabi, the group visited Al Dhafra Air Base and received a combined briefing by U.S. and UAE command elements, met with Foreign Minister Shaykh Abdulluh bin Zayed, and Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.The lawmakers participating in the trip include Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), Chairwoman Kay Granger (R-TX) of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA), Chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) and Rep. Todd Young (R-IN).