Risch on the Committee’s adoption of the South Pacific Tuna Treaty, Mutual Legal Assistance and Extradition Agreements with Croatia, Kigali Amendment

May 04, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded the committee’s adoption of three treaties:

South Pacific Tuna Treaty

“As China tries to increase its influence in the South Pacific, it is important that we reaffirm and strengthen our cooperation and partnership with island nations in the region,” he added. says Risch. “For several decades, the South Pacific Tuna Treaty has been an important part of our relationship with the South Pacific islands, and it remains an essential tool for engagement with the region. Today’s adoption by the committee of amendments to the treaty is an important step in reaffirming and strengthening this partnership, and I hope that the Senate will soon vote on these measures.

Mutual legal assistance and extradition agreements with Croatia

“Streamlining the process of obtaining evidence and testimony from Croatia is critical to ensuring that we can enforce our laws in the United States,” says Risch. “Today the committee proposed mutual legal assistance and extradition agreements with Croatia that will do just that. I look forward to continuing our partnership with Croatia in this regard in the months ahead.”

Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol

“Today’s committee adoption of the Kigali Amendment reaffirms the Senate’s broad bipartisan support for the legislation passed in the last Congress, the U.S. Innovation and Manufacturing Act, which implemented the obligations United States under the Montreal Protocol”, says Risch. “This treaty will facilitate the transition to the next generation of refrigerants, which benefits U.S. industry and helps it maintain a strong competitive advantage in producing newer, more efficient substances that will replace HFCs at scale.” world. It will also help us to better compete with China and ensure that it is not able to dominate another global market. »

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