Murkowski Travels to Afghanistan and Pakistan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, met with the leaders of Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as with senior U.S. military officials over the weekend as part of a congressional delegation trip to the region.

According to their itinerary, the lawmakers spent today at several remote desert U.S. and allied forward operating bases in Afghanistan's Helmand Province meeting with British and American military commanders, including U.S. Brigadier General Lawrence Nicholson, Commanding General of the 2d Marine Expeditionary Brigade.

Their itinerary also included a meeting Saturday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul. On Friday the lawmakers were in Islamabad, Pakistan, where they met with Prime Minister Syed Yousaf Razi Gilani and senior Pakistan military officials. Discussions with the Pakistan and Afghanistan political and military leaders centered around political, economic and military/security issues affecting bilateral and regional relationships.

The delegation was led by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and also included Sens. Mike Crapo of Idaho, Roger Wicker of Mississippi and U.S. Rep. Michael Castle of Delaware.

The lawmakers return to Washington on Monday and will discuss their trip at a news conference on Tuesday morning.

Photos of Sen. Murkowski's trip can be viewed here.

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