Cheryl Diaz Meyer, for the Deseret News
FILE - Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on March 26, 2019. Romney is headed to the Middle East this week to meet with government officials and strengthen relationships with U.S. allies in the region in his first official trip since being elected.

SALT LAKE CITY — Sen. Mitt Romney is headed to the Middle East this week to meet with government officials and strengthen relationships with U.S. allies in the region in his first official trip since being elected.

Romney, R-Utah, and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., both members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will travel to Israel and Jordan as part of the trip.

“The U.S. faces complex challenges around the world, particularly in the Middle East. It is critical that we maintain and strengthen our alliances with key partners in the region,” Romney said in a statement.

“Over the next several days, we look forward to discussing shared priorities and strategies to meet those challenges.