National Security Subcommittee to Hold Hearing on U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan
Washington, D.C. (Sept. 14, 2020)—Today, Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, Chairman of the Subcommittee on National Security, announced that he will hold a hearing to examine the Trump Administration’s strategy in Afghanistan with Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad upon his return from Doha, Qatar.
Chairman Lynch issued this statement:
“I am grateful to U.S. Special Representative Zalmay Khalilzad for agreeing to testify before the Subcommittee on National Security about the United States’ negotiations with the Taliban and the Government of Afghanistan. I look forward to examining the Trump Administration’s strategy, including potential impacts for Afghan women and U.S. security interests in the region. After nearly two-decades of conflict, the American people deserve to hear directly from the Administration about how it plans to bring a responsible end to the war in Afghanistan.”
On August 31, 2020, Chairman Lynch, Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, and 13 Democratic Committee Members wrote a letter demanding testimony about the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan after the Trump Administration refused to appear before the Subcommittee for more than a year.
On September 10, 2020, Ambassador Khalilzad spoke with Chairman Lynch and committed to testifying before the Subcommittee. Ambassador Khalilzad also offered to provide Members with a closed-door, classified briefing.