The American Jewish Committee (AJC) and the Hellenic American Leadership Council (HALC) are urging U.S. Senators, in a joint letter, to cosponsor the Eastern Mediterranean Security and Partnership Act introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Marco Rubio (R-FL).
The full text of the letter, sent to Senators Friday, follows:
A bi-partisan bill - Eastern Mediterranean Security and Energy Partnership Act of 2019 - tabled in the US Senate by Bob Menendez (Dem. - New Jersey) and Mark Rubio (Rep. - Florida) provides for the lifting of the arms embargo on Cyprus, military aid to Greece, and support for the trilateral Greece-Cyprus-Israel energy and defence cooperation.
Tayfun Selen is the first Turkish-origin mayor elected in the U.S., set to run a township in the state of New Jersey after being sworn in on Jan. 4. "My election is a slap in the faces of conservative, white Americans," the Republican has told Hürriyet Daily News.
The midterm elections in the United States on Tuesday were a good day for Hellenism in America. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, widely seen as an ally of Greece and Cyprus for over two decades, was re-elected to a third term, while the number of Americans of Greek descent in the House of Representatives also increased.