ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) traveled to Afghanistan and Pakistan this week as part of the first congressional delegation trip to the region following Afghanistan's Aug. 20 election. During the visit, members of the delegation met with troops, foreign officials, and military commanders to examine efforts to stabilize the region and curb the resurgence of the Taliban. Brown, a former Secretary of State for Ohio, also met with organizations monitoring Afghanistan's second presidential election.
“This region is at the front line of our efforts to curb terrorism,” Brown said. “This congressional delegation trip provided critical insight into our efforts to promote economic and political stability in the region. As a former Secretary of State for Ohio, I appreciated the opportunity to evaluate Afghanistan’s second presidential election and I was impressed by the courage of Afghan voters. As an Ohioan, I was proud to meet our state’s brave men and women who are serving in the military.”
Brown, along with fellow delegation members Sen. Robert P. Casey (D-PA) and Rep. Zack Space (OH-18), departed for the trip on Aug. 21. They spent Aug. 22-23 in Kabul, Kandahar, and Lashkar Gah in Afghanistan, and arrived in Pakistan today.
While in Afghanistan, the delegation met with troops, military leaders, organizations monitoring the election, government officials, and non-governmental organizations involved in efforts to stabilize the region. On Aug. 23 in Kabul, the delegation met with Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai, Minister of Defense Abdul Rahim Wardak, Interior Minister Mohammad Hanif Atmar, and presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah. While in Kandahar on Aug. 24, the delegation met with military commanders, troops from Ohio, and Ohioans working in the Foreign Service or in economic development efforts.
The delegation arrived in Pakistan this morning and will spend the following days in Islamabad, Jalozai, and Warsak. The delegation will meet military and government officials.