***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Welcomed Back to Senate, Calls on Iran to Release Hostages

***VIDEO RELEASE*** Menendez Welcomed Back to Senate, Calls on Iran to Release Hostages

   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was welcomed back by Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) during today’s business meeting, where Sen. Menendez spoke in strong support of S.RES.245, which calls on the Government of Iran to release unjustly detained United States citizens and legal permanent residents, including Robert Levinson, whose family members live in New Jersey, and Princeton University graduate student Xiyue Wang.

 “If Iran wants to be accepted by the community of nations and be observed by the international order as it suggested it aspires to do so, it has to stop hostage taking,” said Sen. Menendez. “ I hope as we continue to deal with Iran, as I have been privileged to work on with [Sen. Corker], Sen. [Ben] Cardin (D-Md.) and with others, that we focus on these lives because if we were hostages somewhere in the world, we’d want our government to forcefully speak out to ultimately achieve return to our country.”

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Later, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) echoed Sen. Menendez’s strong stance on Iran and also called on the return of New Jersey’s citizens held captive in Iran.  Before closing, the Committee recognized that Sen. Menendez led in singing Happy Birthday to Sen. Cardin before the meeting began. 

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