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  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement marking the Lunar New Year which takes place on January 31st. “As millions of people gather to mark the Lunar New Year, let me extend my warmest wishes to all communities celebrating this festive...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statements, at today’s nomination hearings for Senator Max Baucus to be U.S. Ambassador to China, Arnold Chacon to be Director General of the Foreign Service and Daniel Bennett Smith to be Assistant...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the latest developments in Ukraine. Earlier this month, Chairman Menendez held a hearing on the crisis in Ukraine, and convened a roundtable discussion in New Jersey with Ukrainian...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the announced ceasefire between South Sudan and opposition forces. Earlier this month, Chairman Menendez held a hearing on the crisis in South Sudan.  “Today’s breakthrough announcement...
  • WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ben Cardin, D-Md., and John McCain, R-Ariz., all members of the Foreign Relations Committee, today requested the Obama administration add individuals to a U.S. government list of Russian human rights abusers who are subject to U.S. sanctions and travel restrictions. ...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today’s hearing on the implications of the crisis in Ukraine: “I want to thank our very distinguished panelists for being here today. Dr. Brezinski needs no...
  • Newark, NJ – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement honoring the life and legacy of former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. "Ariel Sharon fought for Israel on the battlefield and for peace at the negotiating table. He helped establish a nation, provide for its...
  • NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senator and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez (D-NJ) issued the following statement after meeting with representatives from several prominent Salvadorian-American organizations to discuss the upcoming 2014 Presidential elections in El Salvador. “In light of the upcoming presidential...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sent letters to the leaders of Bangladesh’s two main political parties, urging them to end the current deadlock, eschew street violence, and begin negotiations on a path toward free, fair, and inclusive elections. The letters also...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding the latest developments in Tunisia: “The resignation of Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Larayedh today is a positive step for Tunisia’s democratic transition.  After months of political...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below opening statement, as prepared for delivery, at today’s hearing on the situation in South Sudan: “Let me welcome our panelists, all of whom are as deeply troubled as all of us are by the situation in South...
  • Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement after meeting with Republic of Korea Foreign Affairs Minister Yun Byung-se.  This was the first meeting Chairman Menendez held with a foreign dignitary this year. “The ties that bind our two countries...
  • NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following the attack on Camp Liberty. "The most recent attack on Camp Liberty is deplorable, demands swift condemnation, and requires continued vigilance from the Government of Iraq to stop attacks against members of...
  • NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued this statement following today's announcement regarding the agreement to move the Marine base on Okinawa. "Today's announcement is a significant step forward that will ensure that the US-Japan alliance has the defense strategy needed...
  • Washington, DC – Today, a bipartisan and bicameral group of Congressional leaders expressed deep concern to South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit about the growing ethnic violence and deteriorating security situation in the world’s newest independent nation.  The Congressional leaders called on all political leaders to cease...
  • Washington, DC – In response to the announcement by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that it will close its offices in Ecuador, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement: “I am deeply troubled by the Correa Administration’s decision to...
  • Senators Call for a Final Agreement that Verifiably Results in the Termination of Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program, Prevents Iran from Achieving a Nuclear Weapon WASHINGTON, DC. – U.S. Sens. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), joined by 25 U.S. Senators, introduced the Nuclear Weapon Free Iran Act, bipartisan legislation...
  • Washington, DC – The bipartisan Egypt Assistance Reform Act of 2013 authored by Chairman Robert Menendez and Ranking Member Bob Corker passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today. “This legislation reaffirms the enduring U.S. commitment to our partnership with the Egyptian government by authorizing continued assistance and...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today’s nomination hearing: “Today, as we approach the holiday recess, we have seven well-qualified nominees for the Committee’s consideration.  These...
  • WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, delivered the below statement, as prepared for delivery, at today’s hearing on the transition in Afghanistan. The remarks follow: “Good afternoon everyone. And thank you to our witnesses – Ambassador Dobbins and Acting...