BEIRUT: Rev. Dr. Badr, representing the Middle East Council of Churches, sought to further the case to protect Christians in the Middle East during his meeting with Christian leaders on a visit to the U.S.
For the second year in a row, the MECC participated in the “Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom” conference, which was organized by the US Department of State at its headquarters in Washington DC.
The conference, which took place from 15 to 18 July 2019, brought together more than 1,000 people from 114 countries and was followed by a special meeting of some 80 foreign ministers from around the world.
For his part, Rev. Dr. Badr made a special plea during all his contacts, particularly with Bishop Phillip Mounstephen, the Anglican Primate of Truro, insisting that MECC should be seen and treated as the main interlocutor when discussing any issues related to the Christians of the Middle East, or when making decisions regarding their present and future existence.
Interviewed by Al-Hurra TV, Rev. Dr. Badr said that “persecutions over the world against all religions, especially Christians, have reached an unacceptable level.” He added: “This is why the actions mentioned by the Religious Freedom Ambassador Sam Brownback, are very much needed among the people and the religious and political leadership.”
After his return to Lebanon, Rev. Dr. Badr vowed to with the three MECC residents and its Secretary-General while presenting his view on a report prepared by Bishop Mounstephen, in collaboration with Sir Charles Hoare.
The report, published two weeks ago, is an evaluation of the role and actions of the British Foreign Office when dealing with the persecution of Christians of the Middle East.
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