Cicilline Delegation Spends Christmas Eve with Servicemembers in Bahrain

Dec 25, 2019
Cicilline Delegation Spends Christmas Eve with Servicemembers in Bahrain

Cicilline Delegation Spends Christmas Eve with Servicemembers in Bahrain

 

MANAMA – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) left Bahrain earlier today after meeting with U.S. military personnel and State Department officials on deployment in the Middle East. The U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Headquarters (NAVCENT) in Manama, Bahrain was the second stop for the bipartisan Congressional delegation that Cicilline is leading to spend Christmas with the troops. Members also spent part of the day serving Christmas lunch to servicemembers stationed at NAVCENT.

 

“This holiday season, all of us should give thanks for the thousands of American troops that are spending the holidays halfway around the world from their own families,” said Cicilline. “It was a privilege to meet with some of these great men and women today. I am honored to serve on their behalf and especially for the chance to spend Christmas Eve with them.”

 

The members of Congress, all of whom serve on committees responsible for national security or veterans affairs, met with officials from the Department of State for extensive briefings on the American military presence in Bahrain. The delegation was also joined by the U.S. Ambassador to Bahrain for a meeting with Bahrain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa. They also received briefings from American military leadership before dining with troops who have been deployed to Bahrain’s capital city.

 

Cicilline met with servicemembers from across America during the visit and thanked them for serving overseas during the holiday season. The other members of the delegation also met with constituents from the states they serve. The delegation departed early this morning for location that is being withheld for security purposes.

 

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