Rep. Zeldin’s Christmas CODEL Travels to Kuwait to Visit Deployed Service Members and Participate in Diplomatic and Military Meetings
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KUWAIT - Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, departed Afghanistan for Kuwait to continue celebrating the holiday season with deployed U.S. service members and participate in several high level diplomatic and military meetings. Representative Zeldin is leading the bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL) that also includes Congressman David Cicilline (D, RI-1), Congressman Mike Coffman (R, CO-6), and Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (R, PA-8). Having visited U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait over Christmas in December 2015 and Afghanistan and Qatar over Christmas in December 2016, this is Congressman Zeldin’s third consecutive year spending the holidays in the Middle East with deployed U.S. service members. In addition to Kuwait, Congressman Zeldin’s CODEL spent Christmas Day in Afghanistan and is traveling to additional countries within the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations. Click here for yesterday’s press release.
“It is my highest honor to be able to personally thank all of our deployed men and women abroad for their tremendous sacrifice on behalf of a very grateful nation. It is not easy for them to spend the holiday season several thousand miles away from home having great family and friends missing them around the Christmas Tree or Hanukkah Menorah,” Congressman Zeldin said. “For many of our deployed military and diplomatic personnel, this isn’t their first holiday season away from their loved ones. Being able to visit New Yorkers stationed abroad, let them know how much they are appreciated, and receive their critical feedback from the ground, is the absolute least I can do to make sure they know how much countless Americans are thinking about them, praying for them, and filled with enormous gratitude for their incredible sacrifice.”
In Kuwait, on December 26, 2017, Congressman Zeldin’s CODEL and U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman met at the National Assembly with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Kuwait Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah.
Congressman Zeldin also visited Camp Arifjan where he shared a holiday lunch with deployed New Yorkers, and met with the leadership of the Combined Joint Task Force of Operation Inherent Resolve and U.S. Army Central. Afterwards, he visited Al Jaber Air Base where he joined the Marines stationed there for dinner, including several NY-1 residents, following a briefing from the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force.