Joining him on the trip will be House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), who said today she will focus on Iran, Israel, and human rights during talks with Gulf officials.
"I will also use this as an opportunity to press these governments to respect human rights, particularly with respect to women, and end religious intolerance. This past year has witnessed enormous change and uncertainty in the region, and we must work to ensure that basic human rights standards are upheld going forward," she said in her own statement.
"I also remain concerned about the relationships between many countries in the region and our key ally, Israel," she said.
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