ASIA/MIDDLE EAST - Mission "in defense of Christians" for US Vice President Mike Pence

Friday, 27 October 2017 middle east   oriental churches   religious minorities   geopolitics   persecutions  


Washington (Agenzia Fides) - US Vice President Mike Pence will visit Israel and Egypt at the end of December, at the request of President Donald Trump, and his mission will also be aimed at strongly affirming that in the Middle East the time has come "to put an end to the persecution of Christians and all religious minorities". This was announced by Pence himself, during the Solidarity Dinner for Christians in the Middle East on Wednesday night, October 25, promoted in Washington by the USA organization In Defense of Christians. In the travel program, Trump's vice will also include meetings with political and religious leaders to discuss the fight against the persecution of religious minorities, including Christians. "I can assure you," Pence said in his speech, "that President Trump is committed to helping persecuted peoples reclaim their lands, return to their homes, rebuild their lives, and replant the roots in their ancient place of birth". The US Vice President also announced the intention of the US Administration to directly provide funding and assistance to Christians in the Middle East, working with religious organizations and without going through UN bodies. "We will no longer rely on the United Nations alone to help persecuted Christians and minorities", Instead, Pence said, federal agencies "will work hand-in-hand with faith-based groups and private organizations to help those who are persecuted for their faith". "While faith-based groups with proven track records and deep roots in these communities are more than willing to assist", the US Vice President pointed out, "the United Nations too often denies their funding requests. My friends, those days are over". (GV) (Agenzia Fides, 27/10/2017)