Tulsi Gabbard Issues Statement on DMZ Trip

South Korea – US Congressman Tulsi Gabbard received Congressional leadership assistance with Thursday’s trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea.

The Congressional delegation, including Gabbard and other Democratic members of the House of Representatives, is on a week-long visit to South Korea and Japan that focuses on regional issues like cyber security, nuclear issues, human rights, and achieving American shared security goals in the region.

In early December, the Congressman also accompanied Defense Secretary James Mattis on a trip to Afghanistan and Pakistan to engage in policy discussions with senior Afghan and Pakistani leaders.

Gabbard’s bipartisan visit to Afghanistan included meetings with members of the Departments of State, Defense, and Treasury.

Their discussions with senior Afghan and Pakistani leaders are focused on securing counterterrorism and counterinsurgency goals.

They also discussed reform of Pakistani security forces and the need for their elimination.

Also on the Congressional delegation’s visit was Brenda Lawrence, Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, who is coordinating the State Department’s efforts to engage with the Afghan and Pakistani leaders to promote increased efforts to resolve longstanding regional and international issues through dialogue and engagement.

Gabbard and Lawrence visited Hawaii and Vietnam prior to starting the trip.

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