US congressman to testify in Parliament on Muslim radicals
Republican Representative Peter King will become the first member of the US Congress to testify before a British Parliamentary hearing this week when he talks to MPs in London about Muslim radicalization, his office said.
King, who chairs the key House Committee on Homeland Security, will testify in London on Tuesday about the radicalization of Muslims in US communities and the west, his office said Monday.
The House of Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs has launched an inquiry entitled the "Roots of Violent Radicalisation," similar to a line of inquiry King has taken in US House hearings.
According to researchers from both the US Congress and the House of Commons, King will be the first member of Congress to testify before a parliamentary hearing, his office said.
"While I have consistently stated the overwhelming majority of Muslim-Americans are outstanding people, the reality is that radicalization within the Muslim-American community by Al-Qaeda and its affiliates is a real threat to the security of our homeland," King said in a statement.
"I am honored to have been invited" to the parliamentary hearing, he said, noting that "as our vital ally, the United Kingdom, struggles with this same threat within its own borders."
In a statement, British MP Keith Vaz, who launched the Home Affairs Committee inquiry, said he was "delighted" King had accepted the invitation to testify.
"This is a unique opportunity to create an unbreakable bond between Westminster and Washington and more specifically between the Homeland Security Committee and the Home Affairs Select Committee," he said.
© 2011 AFP