House Appropriations Committee Chairman Leads Congressional Delegation in Visit to Lebanon

Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-NJ), Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee (HAC), led a Congressional delegation visit to Lebanon on April 13-15.  Representative Frelinghuysen was joined by fellow HAC member, Representative Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD).  During the visit, the delegation met with Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Minister of Defense Yaacoub Sarraf, Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces General Joseph Awn, and several Members of Parliament.  They discussed the effectiveness of U.S. programs and policies regarding assistance provided to Lebanon and other countries in the region.  The delegation also visited the American University of Beirut where they witnessed the impact of U.S. support to AUB’s world-class hospital and institutions of higher learning.  In their meetings, Representatives Frelinghuysen and Ruppersberger emphasized the United States intention to maintain a strong partnership with the people and institutions of Lebanon and the importance of Lebanon’s security, stability, and prosperity.