During the Congressional Delegation, Rosen Engaged with Senior NATO and EU Officials in Belgium, Spoke at the COP26 Global Climate Change Summit in Scotland, Visited Afghan Refugees in Qatar, Worked to Strengthen the U.S.-Israel Alliance, Met With Incoming German Leadership
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) traveled to five countries in Europe and the Middle East -- Belgium, the United Kingdom, Qatar, Israel, and Germany -- during the recent November recess as part of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation (CODEL) trip organized by Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). Senator Rosen is a member of the Senate Armed Services and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committees, the co-founder of the Senate Bipartisan Task Force for Combating Antisemitism, and a member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus.
During the week-long international trip, Senator Rosen visited NATO and European Union (EU) headquarters in Belgium for meetings with senior leaders in both organizations, attended and participated in the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland, conducted oversight of Afghan refugee processing efforts firsthand in Qatar and met with U.S. military and foreign leaders, and met with senior leaders in Israel and Germany, including Israel’s Prime Minister.
“As the United States faces multiple global challenges, from intensifying competition with China and Russia, to the climate crisis, American global leadership is critical to overcoming these pressing threats,” said Senator Rosen. “I’m honored to have represented Nevada during this recent international congressional delegation, and I thank Senator Coons for organizing this timely bipartisan trip to reaffirm American engagement on the global stage. Across five different countries in Europe and the Middle East, we met with foreign leaders to deepen America’s alliances and partnerships and find ways to collaborate on shared global challenges. This trip reinforced my strong belief that when America leads through diplomacy and building alliances, we can help create a safer and more prosperous world.”
As part of the CODEL, Senator Rosen visited the following countries:
BELGIUM: Senator Rosen joined meetings with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg and U.S. NATO Leadership in Brussels. During the meetings, Senator Rosen raised concerns about increasing cyberattacks and the threats they pose and discussed opportunities for collective efforts through NATO to enhance Allied networks and cybersecurity resilience. Senator Rosen also met with European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to discuss the global rise of antisemitism and how the EU plans to implement its first-ever “EU Strategy on Combating Antisemitism and Fostering Jewish Life.” The CODEL also met with Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Vincent Van Peteghem, with whom Senator Rosen also raised the issue of combating antisemitism.
UNITED KINGDOM: Senator Rosen participated in the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland. During the summit, Senator Rosen met with Biden Administration officials including Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, former Vice President Al Gore, and foreign leaders to discuss the challenges that climate change presents to the U.S. and the entire world, as well as opportunities for Nevada to lead in this space and the need for investments in clean energy technology and a skilled workforce. She also spoke on a bipartisan panel hosted by the Atlantic Council focused on clean energy innovation.
QATAR: Senator Rosen visited Doha, Qatar to tour Camp As Sayliyah and see firsthand the Afghan refugee processing efforts. During her tour, Senator Rosen met with Afghan refugees as well as senior U.S. military leadership. Senator Rosen also joined meetings with Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, to discuss the U.S.-Qatar relationship, Qatar’s contributions to the Afghan resettlement mission, and collaboration to combat terrorist financing.
ISRAEL: Senator Rosen visited Israel and the West Bank to meet with senior Israeli and Palestinian leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. During her meeting, Senator Rosen discussed ways to ensure Israel’s safety and security as well as her efforts to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship, including strengthening cybersecurity cooperation. She also met with:
- Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, with whom Senator Rosen has worked on multiple occasions over the past year, to discuss the next steps on the Abraham Accords and ways to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability.
- Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz to discuss U.S.-Israel defense collaboration -- including the importance of the U.S. providing $1 billion for Iron Dome replenishment.
- Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh to discuss efforts to strengthen the Palestinian Authority relative to Hamas, what steps the Palestinian Authority must take to reach a diplomatic solution with Israel, and whether the Palestinian Authority would end payments through the Palestinian Authority Martyrs Fund -- which incentivizes terrorism against Israel.
- Palestinian students to discuss their perspectives on life in the West Bank and prospects for peace.
GERMANY: Senator Rosen joined a meeting in Berlin with Olaf Scholz, candidate for Chancellor of Germany, and leader of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to discuss the rise of antisemitism in Europe -- including Holocaust revisionism and distortion, limits to Holocaust-era restitution claims in Poland, and what role an SDP-led Germany might play in preventing antisemitism. In Berlin, Senator Rosen also toured the Holocaust Memorial and the Brandenburg Gate.