House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is leading a nine-member congressional delegation to Qatar, her office announced Friday.
Arriving Friday afternoon in Doha, the capital of the Arab emirate, were Pelosi and the eight other members of the delegation: Democratic Reps. R George Miller (Calif.), Ed Markey (Mass.), Nick Rahall (W.Va.), Anna Eshoo (Calif.), Carolyn Maloney (N.Y.), Steve Israel (N.Y.) and Cedric Richmond (La.), and Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.).
The lawmakers met with U.S. troops in the country, which hosts several thousand of them at the U.S. Central Command Forward Headquarters at the Al Udeid airbase.
“On every official trip abroad, we meet with our brave men and women in uniform,” Pelosi said in a statement. “Many of our troops serving in Qatar have also served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and we express our deep gratitude for their service and sacrifice.”
Pelosi’s office said the delegation received briefings from senior U.S. and Qatari military and diplomatic officials and from Sheikh Tamin bin Hamid al-Thani, Qatar’s crown prince.
The trip is Pelosi’s second abroad since March, when she led a delegation to Afghanistan.