Serial No. 106-85: Developments in the Middle East: Hearing before the Committee on International Relations, House of Representatives One Hundred Sixth Congress, First Session, June 8, 1999 [open pdf - 2MB]
On June 8, 1999, the House of Representatives Committee on International Relations convenes to discuss and hear testimony regarding Developments in the Middle East. Testifying is Martin Indyk, the Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs at the US Department of State. Chairman Benjamin Gilman explains that "With the election of Ehud Barak as Israel's Prime Minister-elect, many expect Israeli-Palestinian negotiations to resume fairly quickly", that "Iran's actions on a variety of issues continue to be of grave concern to many of us", that Iraq is implementing new oil policies, and that in Egypt Hosni Mubarak was nominated for a forth 6-year term. Ranking Minority Member Gedjenson pointedly wants to know who is in control of Jezzin, and what Mr. Indyk thinks of Prsident Asad in Syria. Martin Indyk testifies to all these concerns, saying that "If Israel's negotiating partners are ready to respond, we believe it will be possible to resume negotiations on all tracks", that "Saddam Hussein's defiance of the U.N. Security Council threatens to destabilize the Gulf while exacting a heavy price from the Iraqi people", that "President Khatami's election in Iran in the recent local elections there has made it clear that a significant majority of the Iranian people support political liberalization", and that "extremism is now on the defensive in Algeria and Egypt". He answers questions about predictions for stability in the Middle East and American policy and programs in the region.
Serial Number 106-85