WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the leading Democrat on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement regarding the resignation of Dr. Rajiv Shah as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development:

“I want to express my deep gratitude to Dr. Shah. Raj led USAID with tireless commitment and a clear vision for alleviating global poverty and promoting economic welfare and development for those countries most in need. From food aid, to the Ebola crisis, to coordinating relief efforts, under Raj’s leadership USAID has shown itself to be a premier global development agency.

“I wish Raj and his family all the best and I hope that we sustain Raj’s vision and build upon his important contributions.”