Joining a congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Todd Young, R-In., announced he will be going to the Middle East as the U.S. deals with increased tensions with Iran and regional instability.
The group of lawmakers are being led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-VA, and the trip will focus on Iran and its nuclear weapons program, which strained relations between Washington and Tehran.
The delegation is scheduled to visit France, but the group will also swing through Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates in the coming week.
“Iran’s continued efforts to develop nuclear weapons is extremely concerning and poses one of the biggest threats to our national security in coming months and years,” Young said in a news release. “I’m honored and excited to join the Majority Leader on this trip. I look forward to expanding my knowledge of the region, and Iran in particular, and plan to continue working on this issue through the Armed Services Committee when we return. Even as we’ve finished military actions in Iraq, we must continue to ensure that we aren’t ignoring other threats in the Middle East.”
Last week, the Obama administration put new sanctions on Iran as part of the president’s 2012 defense authorization bill due to the country’snuclear development. The president and members of his cabinet have been encouraging international leaders to support the measure.