WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement on his appointment as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs. The subcommittee deals with all matters concerning U.S. relations with the countries of the Middle East and Arab North Africa and also encompasses U.S. relations with the countries of South and Central Asia.
“I am honored to assume the chairmanship of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs,” said Kaine. “The important region from Morocco to Pakistan includes many of America's strongest allies as well as some of the world's toughest challenges. My recent trip to the Middle East and Afghanistan deepened my understanding of issues in the region and I look forward to working with Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker and my committee colleagues to promote the American values of democracy and tolerance.”
Kaine previously served as chairman of the International Development and Foreign Assistance Subcommittee. Kaine will remain on the International Development subcommittee as a member, in addition to serving on the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs and the Subcommittee on International Operations and Organizations, Human Rights, Democracy, and Global Women’s Issues.