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Latta Meets with Middle East Leaders on Congressional CODEL

Congressman Bob Latta (R-Bowling Green) and a bipartisan delegation of United States House members met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Iraqi Minister of Defense Irfan al-Hiyali, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Salim al-Jabouri, Kuwaiti government officials, and United States military personnel during a Congressional visit to Iraq and Kuwait recently.
Latta’s discussions with the leaders of these allied countries, diplomats, and U.S. Military personnel focused on national defense, regional stability, and energy. Regional foreign policy issues were discussed as well, including the Iraqi military’s war against ISIS.
“It was important for me and the other members of the delegation to speak to our regional allies on foreign policy, military, and energy issues in the Middle East,” said Latta. “Observing these issues firsthand will help in the decision-making processes for the region. There are many complex foreign policy challenges, and it is important that we continue to build relationships with our international partners to help find solutions. At the same time, it is a privilege to meet with our men and women in uniform and receive feedback from them. The members of our military are doing tremendous work in the region, and I was honored to be able to personally thank them for their service.”
Joining Latta on the trip were Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL), Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA), Rep. Neal Dunn (R-FL), and Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL).

(From L to R) Rep. Dunn, Rep. Soto, Rep. Ross, Iraqi PM al-Abadi, Rep. Lynch, Rep. Latta  

Latta speaking with American troops stationed overseas
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