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Congressman Gus Bilirakis

Representing the 12th District of Florida

Foreign Affairs

As a former member of the House Committee on Foreign affairs and current member of the Caucus on International Religious Freedom, Congressman Bilirakis’ desire to support our allies, protect religious freedom, and prevent attacks from our enemies have kept him apprised of major world events.

As the grandson of Greek immigrants, Bilirakis is heavily invested in Hellenic affairs. The region is vital to American interests, and Greece is a strong ally of the United States. He is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Affairs and the founding Co-Chair of the Congressional Hellenic Israeli Alliance. Israel is a strategic ally in the region as well, sharing a common defense strategy with the United States, Greece, Cyprus, and other allies to thwart existential threats from bad actors in the region. In an increasingly connected world, it is important to recognize that upheaval and unrest in the Middle East can have ripples that echo across the Atlantic. American interests must be protected at all cost, and Congressman Bilirakis embraces the opportunity to work with world leaders to ensure a peaceful future in the Middle East and at home.

Congressman Bilirakis strongly opposes the illegal Turkish occupation of Cyprus, and has been a strong proponent of the reunification of Cyprus, on behalf of all the Cypriot people. He believes strongly in protecting religious freedoms across the globe, and stopping the persecution of religious minorities, including Coptic Christians in Egypt and Eastern Orthodox Christians in Turkey.

As the rule of law is continually being stretched and ignored in countries throughout Central and South America, and even Europe, Congress needs to speak loudly and act decisively where injustice is deteriorating democracies.

More on Foreign Affairs

July 20, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), Co-Chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus, released the following statement on the 43rd anniversary of the illegal occupation of Turkish troops in Cyprus.
May 25, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), who serves as Co-Chair of the Congressional Hellenic Caucus and the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance, released a letter to the Trump Administration today demanding justice for the Americans attacked by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail.
May 16, 2017 Press Release
As President Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to the White House this week, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) joined a bipartisan letter to the Trump Administration expressing concern for human rights and democracy in Turkey.
February 27, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) joined over 150 bipartisan colleagues in a letter urging the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to take swift action to address the over 60 anti-Semitic threats made against Jewish Community Centers (JCCs) nationwide.
January 5, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) released the following statement today regarding the passage of bipartisan legislation condemning the recent anti-Israel resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council.
December 30, 2016 Bilirakis Blog

Looking back on 2016, a turbulent year for sure in politics, we often saw the biggest rivalries and the loudest pundits take center stage. All along, my main focus was always working hard on behalf of Florida’s 12th District. We accomplished some important legislative wins for our communities, with 16 initiatives I wrote being signed into law this year.

While there’s still much work to be done, a unified Republican government come January will give us a strong foundation to solve the largest problems facing Florida and the entire country.

November 30, 2016 Press Release
Last week, Israel suffered devastating wildfires that swept across its northern and central regions. An international coalition assembled to assist Israel in the response and relief efforts. Among the first to respond were Greece and Cyprus. Co-Chairs of the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance (CHIA) Caucus Congressman Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) and Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-21) praised these efforts.
November 28, 2016 Press Release
Congressman Gus Bilirakis released the following statement on the death of Fidel Castro.
October 31, 2016 Press Release

As Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Affairs and the Congressional Hellenic-Israel Alliance, Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) released the following statement regarding the rising tensions in the Aegean over recent Turkish provocation.

September 26, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, introduced a resolution today calling on Great Britain to return the Parthenon Marbles to Greece. The Marbles were removed from Greece 200 years ago by Thomas Bruce, seventh Earl of Elgin and transported to Great Britain. The Marbles were part of a frieze that wrapped around the Temple of Athena. In 1816, the British Parliament voted to purchase the Marbles and they now reside in the British Museum.

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