Chairman Royce on the hearing: “A stable and secure Afghanistan is in the interest of the United States. Achieving this requires a credible U.S. military presence and an equally strong diplomatic strategy. This hearing will look at the administration’s policy toward Afghanistan, particularly in light of upcoming elections, the challenges regional actors pose to Afghanistan and efforts to counter violent extremism.”

Opening Statements

Full text of Chairman Ed Royce’s opening statement


The Honorable Alice G. Wells
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary
Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
U.S. Department of State
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Hearing transcript (PDF)