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The first Hindu lawmaker in the United States Congress and United Democratic presidential aspirant Tulsi Gabbard has defended her arguable decision to meet with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in 2017, saying that American leaders must meet with foreign leaders “if we are serious about the pursuit of peace and securing our country.”
A four-time Democratic lawmaker Gabbard, 37, had earlier this month announced she will run for President in 2020. During a trip to Syria in January 2017, Gabbard had met Assad, who is believed to be responsible for the deaths of scores of Syrian civilians.
“No, I think that it is, it continues to be very important for any leader in this country to be willing to meet with others, whether they be friends or adversaries or potential adversaries if we are serious about the pursuit of peace and securing our country,” Gabbard, who represents Hawaii, said in an interview to CNN when asked if she regrets the meeting.
“…you often acknowledge and bring to the forefront the cost of war and our troops and who pays the price,” she continued. “I have seen this cost of war firsthand, which is why I fight so hard for peace,” she said.