I welcome the bipartisan resolution by our friends, Senators Chris Van Hollen and Marco Rubio commemorating Operation Provide Comfort and the strong partnership between Iraqi Kurdistan and the United States.
I also appreciate the seven original cosponsors in the House of Representatives: Mike Waltz, Jim Cooper, Chris Stewart, Jason Crow, Dina Titus, Andy Kim, Don Bacon for their friendship.
The humanitarian intervention saved countless lives; gave us the protection necessary to secure our democracy; and spawned our strong, modern partnership. Today Kurdistan is an oasis of stability in a region short on certainty.
Our friendship was forged through common ideals, and I look forward to working with our friends in the administration and Congress to further strength it.