Amer Fakhoury Foundation Delegation Speaks To US Officials In Washington

Mar 29, 2021

Amer Fakhoury

Fakhoury’s Daughters Invited to DC to Share Their Story with Senator and State Department Officials

Washington, D.C, District of Columbia Mar 29, 2021 ( - Amer Fakhoury Foundation (AFF) representatives were invited to the Capitol on Thursday, March 25, 2021 to share the story of US citizen Amer Fakhoury's illegal detainment and torture in Lebanon and resulting death. AFF's delegation was comprised of Fakhoury's four daughters, who co-founded the foundation in his name.

In a meeting with Senator Ted Cruz (TX), the AFF delegation thanked him for his work with Senator Shaheen (NH) in eventually securing Mr. Fakhoury's freedom. Discussion included sharing Fakhoury's story and how AFF and Cruz can engage to lessen Hezbollah's influence in Lebanon. Senator Cruz stated, "We share the same values and vision, and we want to work with you to share your [Amer's] story."

Following, the AFF delegation met with US State Department Ambassador Roger Carstens, Presidential Envoy of Hostage Affairs, and Carlos A. DeJuana, Deputy Director for Jordan and Lebanon. After sharing the details of torture and maltreatment Amer Fakhoury received in Lebanon, the officials were briefed on the foundation's work, including emotional and financial support for families of hostages.

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Discussion topics moved to the current situation in Lebanon, Hezbollah's influence, and the consequential financial crisis impacting Lebanese citizens. AFF shared their firsthand perspective on systemic government corruption, including the frequency of Lebanese government officials diverting aid money to personal interests. Finally, AFF exposed gaps in existing processes which often slow the return of hostages. 

Ambassador Carstens and Deputy DeJuana shared future policy insights, then applauded the AFF co-founders' passion in helping US hostages and advocacy for the people victimized by the corrupt Lebanese regime. 

Ambassador Carstens concluded by requesting AFF's assistance in developing a guidebook for families of hostage victims and both officials expressed their desire to work with AFF in order to better the current system.

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