News and updates from the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member, Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho.

Washington, D.C.
Joined April 2019
#Iran's cont'd violation of int'l obligations & failure to provide answers to @iaeaorg on undeclared nuclear sites is unacceptable. Today, I thanked @rafaelmgrossi for his leadership in IAEA’s investigation & stressed the need to hold Iran accountable. foreign.senate.gov/press/ran…
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Secretary Powell will be immortalized in history for his long career of distinguished service to our country. He was a man of extreme courage, humility, & grace. Vicki & I join Sec. Powell’s family in grieving the loss of a great American leader. foreign.senate.gov/press/ran…
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While the #Burundi government wishes to turn the page from the disastrous legacy of Pres. Nkurunziza, it will need to do more than say the right things and take token actions. It must implement bold reforms on #humanrights & release political prisoners like Tony Germain Nkina.
The @UN #COIBurundi report outlines disturbing #humanrights trends, including ongoing “executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detentions, and torture.” More action is needed to hold #Burundi's leaders accountable for the abuses. ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/Co…
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My thoughts are with the #Citgo6 and their families after hearing news that the #Maduro regime has returned them to jail in #Venezuela. Neither their freedom or the prosecution of corrupt Maduro associates is negotiable.
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I'm disgusted by the brutal attack carried out on a mosque in #Kandahar during mid-day prayers. The blast, which resulted in dozens of deaths, marks the 2nd attack in a week, raising serious questions about the Taliban’s ability to stem the flow of terrorism from #Afghanistan.
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Through the #GlobalFoodSecurityAct, #FoodforPeace, and #FeedtheFuture, the U.S. is saving lives and driving agriculture-led economic growth. On this #WorldFoodDay, Idahoans, as all Americans, can be proud of their contributions to global food security.
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This sets a new, positive tone for the #MiddleEast writ large, and would not have been possible without the historic #AbrahamAccords. Arab-Israeli normalization is good news that will yield great benefits to people across the world. jewishinsider.com/2021/10/of…
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The Biden Admin. will pat itself on the back for rejoining the flawed #UNHRC today. However, it will have done so without securing any necessary reforms, while failing to support #humanrights around the world. foreign.senate.gov/press/ran…
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I am concerned by increasing levels of instability & attempts to curb judicial independence in #Lebanon. The investigation into the #Beirut port blast must continue free from #Hezbollah-backed political interference. The Lebanese people deserve accountability for these crimes.
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Today’s announcement that the administration will reopen the northern border for non-essential travel in early Nov. is long overdue. The nonsensical travel restrictions caused significant economic & emotional distress to communities such as those in North Idaho. No more delays.
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#Kenya is an important partner & strong U.S. ally in East Africa. However, I remain concerned about corruption, violence, & how it will elevate the crises in #Ethiopia on the UNSC. Biden should prioritize these issues w/ President Kenyatta this week. foreign.senate.gov/press/ran…
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The #AbrahamAccords have the potential to fundamentally improve the security, economic, & diplomatic environment in the #MiddleEast. 9 months into the Biden Administration, today's meetings are long overdue. The admin. should prioritize expanding the Accords.
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This week marks American citizen Siamak Namazi's 50th birthday and his 6th year as a hostage in #Iran’s evil Evin Prison. The Iranian regime must stop the inhumane politicization of innocent lives and release the Namazi family immediately. #FreetheNamazis
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Every child deserves to feel safe, supported, & confident. On this #DayOfTheGirl, we recognize the many girls and young women who continue to be deprived of basic #humanrights, & reaffirm our commitment to working towards a better future for all of them.
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Today, I’m wishing a very happy #DoubleTen #NationalDay to our good friends in #Taiwan. The U.S. is proud to support you today and every day. 🇺🇸🇹🇼
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