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  • TEL AVIV – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, led a bipartisan congressional delegation with Senators Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Israel.  In Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the senators met with national...
  • WASHINGTON – Expressing their condolences to  the family and friends of murdered indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres, 11 Democratic U.S. Senators, Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Tim Kaine (D-Va.), Ed Markey...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on U.S.-Cuba relations. “President Obama’s historic trip to Havana and his engagement with the Cuban people provide a clear example of how the dynamism of American society can...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement condemning Tuesday's terror attacks in Belgium that killed and injured dozens.  "I strongly condemn today's attacks in Brussels, the largest terror strike in the city's history. I express my sincere...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released the following statement on Iran’s ballistic missile provocations, including a joint statement with Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.). “We are continuing to work on bipartisan sanctions legislation,” said Cardin and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement commemorating the 1959 Tibetan Uprising.  “Today we commemorate the 1959 Tibetan Uprising, and recognize the ongoing injustices suffered since then by the Tibetan people. Freedom, democracy, and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the continued detention of Nadiya Savchenko by Russian authorities. “I join the defenders of human rights who have declared today ‘International Free Savchenko Day.’  The...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement strongly condemning Tuesday’s stabbing attack in Israel that left 12 injured and Taylor Force, an American veteran and graduate student, dead.  “The recent wave of terror attacks against...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin(D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement after reports of Iran launching ballistic missiles.  “I am deeply concerned by Iran’s repetitive disregard of and indifference to UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which calls on Iran to cease...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing International Women’s Day on March 8, 2016: “Gender equality is one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit on September 25,...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) have introduced the Global Development Lab Act (S.2629) along with Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.), Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.). The Global Development Lab Act authorizes...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the killing of Berta Caceres, General Coordinator of the Civic Council of Indigenous and Popular Peoples of Honduras (COPIHN), in her home in Honduras:  “The brazen murder of environmental and...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the latest UN Security Council Resolution on North Korea:  “I welcome today's action by the United Nations Security Council to pass very robust and significant new sanctions in response to North...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement recognizing the 55th anniversary of the founding of the Peace Corps.  “Today in 1961, President Kennedy issued an executive order establishing the Peace Corps. Fifty-five years later, the Peace...
  • WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) announced Friday their plan to introduce legislation Monday honoring Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and renewing a call for a full and transparent investigation into his tragic murder in Moscow...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, participated in the February 24 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on ending modern slavery. His prepared opening statement follows.  “Mr. Chairman, Thank you for calling this important hearing today.  I share your...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed his general support for the Fiscal Year 2017 State Department budget request during the February 23 hearing.  He noted with concern the insufficient allocation towards good governance and democracy programs, and the continued...
  • February 23, 2016

    Cardin Statement on GTMO

    WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement supporting President Obama’s commitment to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay.  “As Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, it is evident that we need to...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the cessation of hostilities in Syria:  “I welcome the agreement on terms for a cessation of hostilities in Syria that were concluded today,” said Senator Cardin.  “It is...
  • WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the president’s announced trip to Cuba.  “President Obama’s travel to Havana will demonstrate that engagement represents the greatest opportunity to advance our national interests,...