Last week, it was reported that Representative Brian Mast had introduced a measure condemning the Assad regime in Syria and all supporters, which includes Iran and Russia. This week, the measure has cleared the House, and it’s now on its way to the Senate.The measure passed the House this Tuesday without any objection.
And, after it passed, Representative Mast commented on the reason why it was important to introduce this resolution. In a statement, he explained that “After seven years of war and the deaths of more than half of a million people, the atrocities of the Assad regime are still ongoing with the help of Russia and Iran. The United States must push for an end to the violence and suffering in Syria and hold the perpetrators accountable.”
The resolution condemned the Assad regime, Russia and Iran for “their continued support of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria.” In addition, the measure calls for President Donald Trump, along with the U.S. State Department to “work towards a sustainable political transition in Syria that results in a government in Syria that is not a danger to its own people” and to “develop a strategy to prevent a permanent Iranian presence in Syria, understanding that the Russia Federation has not proven to be a viable partner to help in this effort.”
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More than a dozen cosponsors backed the measure, which also included members of the Florida delegation such as retiring Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is the chair of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee and was the former chairwoman of the Foreing Affairs Committee.
Representative Mast won a second term in the heated 2018 Florida midterm elections, and he is a member of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee and the U.S. House Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee.