WASHINGTON—Today, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) released the following statement welcoming President Emmanuel Macron of the French Republic to the Capitol ahead of his address to a joint meeting of Congress:

“The first foreign leader to address Congress was Marquis de Lafayette, the French general whose heroism during the Revolutionary War earned him honorary American citizenship. In the spirit of this longstanding friendship, it is an honor to welcome President Macron to the Capitol.

“With the graves challenges we face in the 21st century, our partnership with France is as important today as it was in Washington and Lafayette’s time. The fight against terrorism in the Middle East and Africa is one of our top priorities. We are particularly grateful to the French for taking part in our joint action against the Syrian regime. We must also re-double our efforts to counter Iranian aggression. That means improving the JCPOA and tackling a range of non-nuclear aspects of the regime’s regional behavior.  

“Our republics must always stand together when our shared interests and values are at stake. Today’s joint meeting is another step in strengthening this historic alliance even further.”