The hearing will come to order.

I want to welcome everyone to today’s hearing for the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

I also want to thank all of the witnesses for being here today.  

I want to note for the record that all written testimony received by the subcommittee will be given the same consideration. Each witness will be given four minutes to provide remarks and Members will have one minute to ask questions. Witnesses are reminded that the Members have your full testimony, and you are encouraged to summarize.