Ranking committee member Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) speaks during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee June 5, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images/AFP
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The U.S.'s interests in the three vital Middle East hotspots were tested Wednesday during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing.The committee held a hearing on the nominations of Dana Smith for ambassador to Qatar; Stuart Jones to Iraq; and Robert Beecroft to Egypt. In the hearing on Robert Beecroft's nomination to Egypt, the committee discussed the future of the newly-elected president Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi's administration, and the role that the U.S. can play to consolidate democratic and economic stability. Menendez said he expected the soon-to-be-appointed ambassador to take further steps in developing relations between the U.S. and Egypt beyond maintaining the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.Jones, who was nominated by Obama to Iraq, served as Governorate Coordinator in the Anbar Province in Iraq, and in the National Security Council as Country Director for Iraq.
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