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Friend of India in Congress Ed Royce announces retirement

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US House Foreign Affairs Committee ED Royce, known as friend of in the Congress, today announced he will not seek re-later this year.

Royce, of the on and Indian-Americans, said he wants to spend the remaining months of his term to focus on "urgent threats" the US was facing.

"In this final year of my chairmanship, I want to focus fully on the urgent threats facing our nation, including the brutal, corrupt and dangerous regimes in and Tehran, Vladimir Putin's continued efforts to weaponise information to fracture western democracies, and growing terrorist threats in and Central Asia," he said.

"With this in mind, and with the support of my wife Marie, I have decided not to seek re-in November," he added.

was elected to the for the first time in 1992 from the 39th Congressional district of California, which encompasses areas on the outskirts of

He has been a strong supporter of Narendra Modi. He also played a key role in the India-US civil nuclear deal.

has been one of the strongest voices of India-US relationship and Indian-Americans in the

He has also been raising issues of religious freedom and curbs on NGOs in

In the Congress, frequently raised the issue of terrorist sanctuaries in

said, "He deserves particular praise for his years promoting human rights, especially in the fight to end human trafficking and protect the most vulnerable people around the world.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 06:50 IST