House Majority Leader Eric CantorEric CantorRyan reelected Speaker in near-unanimous GOP vote Financial technology rules are set to change in the Trump era Trump allies warn: No compromise on immigration MORE will lead a congressional delegation to France and the Middle East, his office announced Thursday.
"This trip will provide a critical opportunity for a bipartisan group of lawmakers to consult with some of our nation’s key partners across the Middle East and Europe," Cantor (R-Va.) said in a statement. The delegation will leave in the "coming week."
Cantor said lawmakers on the trip will be focused on Iran and its nuclear-weapons program.
"By visiting this critical region at a time of such significance, we will be better informed to work together to address our concerns with Iran, the pressing threats of terrorism, regional instability and political transition and the global economic crisis."
Members on the delegation will include Reps. Diane BlackDiane BlackGOP recruitment goal: More women on ticket Why I trust Tom Price for HHS secretary Planned Parenthood seeks survival in Trump era MORE (R-Tenn.), Shelley Moore CapitoShelley Moore CapitoFive takeaways from Pruitt's EPA hearing Last Congress far from ‘do-nothing’ Senators introduce dueling miners bills MORE (R-W.Va.), Mike Conaway (R-Texas), Kay GrangerKay GrangerGOP recruitment goal: More women on ticket Texas GOP's only female lawmaker calls on Trump to step down WHIP LIST: Republicans breaking with Trump MORE (R-Texas.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Peter WelchPeter WelchLawmakers join women's marches in DC and nationwide Five areas where Trump and Dems could make a deal Overnight Tech: Trump meets with AT&T, Google execs | Pompeo and Wyden battle | Dem's new House E&C roster MORE (D-Vt.) and Todd YoungTodd YoungTrump education pick to face Warren, Sanders Government to begin calling Indiana residents Hoosiers Live coverage: The Senate's 'vote-a-rama' MORE (R-Ind.).
Cantor's announcement comes a week after President Obama signed into law new sanctions on Iran as part of his 2012 defense authorization bill. The Treasury Department also announced Wednesday that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner would travel to China and Japan to encourage China to support new sanctions on Iran.
Pressure is also coming from Europe. Reuters reported on Wednesday that countries in the European Union are on the verge of imposing an embargo on Iranian oil imports, a move that would be devastating for Iran's economy.