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Washington, D.C. – Today, House Foreign Affairs Committee Lead Republican Michael McCaul (R-TX) and Congressman Peter Meijer (R-MI) issued a statement on the administration’s announcement of priority countries and regions pursuant to the Global Fragility Act. 

“The successful enactment of the bipartisan Global Fragility Act was a turning point for U.S. policy towards efforts to stabilize volatile areas fraught with terrorism and violence. Finally, over one year late, the Biden administration is moving ahead to implement key requirements of the law,” Rep. McCaul said. Now the real work begins, and senior leadership at the State Department, USAID, and Department of Defense must make this a priority and coordinate on the implementation. With instability on the rise around the world, too much is at stake.”

“For the last nine months, my colleagues and I have been pushing the Biden Administration to fully implement the Global Fragility Act, which refocuses our foreign policy to address root causes of instability and violence around the world,” Rep. Meijer said. “While it is shamefully overdue, the Administration’s announcement today of GFA priority countries and regions brings us closer to a forward-looking foreign policy that targets extremism at its source, rather than one that simply reacts to violent conflict where it occurs.”