Members of US Congress Urge House Leadership to Invite Zelensky to Address Congress
The invitation would follow precedent as former president Poroshenko spoke to Congress in 2014
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The co-chairs of the Congressional Ukrainian Caucus have addressed Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, with the initiative to invite Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to address a joint meeting of the US Congress.
This is stated in an official letter from the legislators, which was made available to Ukrinform.
“As co-chairs of the bipartisan Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, we respectfully urge you to invite President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to address a joint meeting of Congress,” the letter reads.
It says that Zelensky is to visit the United States at the invitation of the White House.
“We welcome this high-level engagement, and ask that Congress extend a hand of friendship to the newly elected President with such an invitation,” the letter reads.
The members of US Congress stated that Ukraine faces serious challenges ranging from combating Russian aggression, countering endemic corruption, and providing economic growth and prosperity to the Ukrainian people.
“Indeed, Russia is intent on escalating its aggression as evidenced by the illegal seizure of 24 Ukrainian soldiers and three naval vessels in the waters of the Kerch Strait. During this dangerous time for Ukraine and the world, Congress must strengthen our engagement to our close ally as it confronts these challenges as new leadership ascends,” the letter reads.
At the same time, it notes that such a high-level visit to Congress would provide an important opportunity to bolster cooperation around key issues such as anti-corruption policies, democratic reform, cyber and military security, veteran affairs, energy independence, and promotion of women entrepreneurship.
“Inviting President Zelensky to a joint meeting of Congress would serve as a strong symbolic message to the Kremlin: the American people stand shoulder to shoulder with the Ukrainian people,” the US legislators said.
The letter was signed by Marcy Kaptur, Brian Fitzpatrick, Andy Harris, and Mike Quigley.