AIAINY congratulates Congressman Gregory Meeks as HFAC Chair

Rep. Gregory Meeks

New York, NY; December 3, 2020 – Association of Iranian Americans in New York congratulates Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-NY) on his selection as the next Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

As a community of Iranian Americans whose members have loved ones live under medieval oppression in Iran, we applauded Mr. Meeks for focusing attention on what matters in diplomacy: “pushing further on the fight for human rights across the world,” and setting a path to exercise, “the weight of U.S. moral credibility.” Congressman Meeks is commended for his leadership and support for H.Res.752, “Supporting the rights of the people of Iran to free expression, condemning the Iranian regime for its crackdown on legitimate protests, and for other purposes.” The resolution unanimously passed the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was approved by the House Floor in January 2020.

In welcoming Mr. Meeks, we also see it necessary to thank the outgoing Committee Chairman, Representative Elliot Engle (D-NY) for his longstanding support for our community, human rights across the globe, and the Iranian people’s quest for a Free Iran.

We look forward to working with the House Foreign Affairs Committee during the 117th Congress and pledge to support the incoming Chairman’s effort to advance human rights and to exercise America’s moral credibility – particularly as they pertain to human rights and democratic aspirations of the Iranian people.