On October 19, the Middle East Policy Council hosted a "Welcome to Washington" seminar and reception to educate newly arriving Middle Eastern and North African diplomats on how to navigate, network, and influence in Washington.
During the daytime seminar, exclusive to diplomats, three educational panels explored: Congress and Foreign Policy; Navigating the Executive Branch; and The Impact of Nongovernmental Actors.
The Department of Defense's Yousra Fazili provided remarks at the evening's VIP reception. In representation of Republican and Democratic leadership, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Mike Turner and House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Gregory Meeks each received a "Congressional Award for Advancing U.S.-Middle East Relations" at the main reception. Her Excellency Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud was honored with the "Trailblazer Award."
Thank you to our Embassy Partners, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Sultanate of Oman, the State of Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, and Kingdom of Bahrain, our Corporate Sponsor, Bechtel Corportation, and our Individual Patrons, Mr. Khalid A. Alwan, Mr. Combiz Abdolrahimi, Amb. Anne Patterson, and Mr. Hany Ghanem for making this event possible.
We look forward to continuing this program in 2024. For more information, please contact MEPC Executive Director Bassima Alghussein at [email protected].