Rising terrorist threats in the Middle East have sparked a House Republican leadership delegation trip to several countries there during the two-week congressional recess — a group that includes U.S. Rep. John Kline.
The trip, led by House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, will include a meeting with allies in discussions about Iran’s power in the area, according to a statement on Boehner’s website.
Including Kline, fewer than 10 Republican leaders join Boehner on the Middle East trip, including Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.), chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water.
So far, the delegation has visited Jordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel to discuss Iran’s violence and the threat of ISIS. The group started its trip in England on Friday, meeting with Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne on ISIS priorities in the U.S. and the United Kingdom.
The group has met with King Abdullah II and officials to discuss the violence spurred by Iran’s allies. In Iraq, the group met with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and Speaker of the Council of Representatives of Iraq Salim al-Jabouri. On Tuesday, the delegation was in Saudi Arabia to meet with Saudi Interior Minister Mohammad bin Naif and Saudi Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman. Boehner spoke alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem Wednesday.
“Our delegation has spent the last five days throughout the Middle East,” Boehner said during a media availability in Jerusalem. “Regardless of where in the Middle East we’ve been, the message has been the same: You can’t continue to turn your eye away from the threats that face all of us.”