August 4, 2005 Delegate Donna M. Christensen visited several European countries this week as part of a fact-finding tour of the House Homeland Security Committee.
According to a release from Christensen's office, the tour began Monday with a meeting in Vienna, Austria, where the delegate and others met with Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, secretary general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, and his team. The group also visited Jordan, Jerusalem and Egypt and will conclude its tour with a trip to Morocco this weekend. Congressman Christopher Cox, outgoing chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, planned the trip.
"The countries we have visited are our allies in the war on terrorism," Christensen stated in the release. "Our visit seeks to strengthen those bonds and to learn from each other so that our world can be safer everywhere."
Christensen said that "containing nuclear proliferation" has been a major focus of the Homeland Security Committee lately and ElBaradei took time to brief them on the work his agency was doing to combat nuclear proliferation around the world.
The delegate also noted that Aug. 5 marked the 60th Anniversary of the dropping of the first atomic bomb in Hiroshima.
"Given recent events and increasing threats of nuclear proliferation, remembering what happened on that fateful day, I am acutely reminded of the importance of my subcommittee," Christensen said. She serves on the subcommittees on Prevention of Nuclear and Biological Attack and Emergency Preparedness and Response.
The delegate will return to the territory next week for the August congressional district work period.
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