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“One group of Syrians, numbering as many as one million, are not represented in Geneva: Christians,” says Steve Wagner, President of Solidarity with the Persecuted Church
“Solidarity with the Persecuted Church objects to the fact that only those engaged in the killing are invited to participate in the Geneva peace talks,” stated SPC President Wagner. “Christians have not taken up arms in the Syrian civil war, yet they have more at stake in the outcome of these talks than any of the participants. Christians and other religious minorities need the talks to yield a Syria which is pluralistic, a Syria in which persons of all faiths can live together in peace as equal citizens,” said Wagner.
“Who will speak for the Christians in Geneva? We call on the United States to play that role,” continued Wagner.
“President-elect Donald Trump has expressed much-welcomed sympathy for the plight of Christians in the Middle East. We hope that this sympathy will manifest itself as a U.S. commitment to protect the interests of Christians and other religious minorities in the peace negotiations. By protecting Syria’s Christians, the United States will also be promoting religious liberty and tolerance for other religious minorities in Syria. Our country has a vested interest in ensuring that the future Syria is open to Christians.” Concluded Wagner.
Solidarity with the Persecuted Church is a 501c3 charitable organization, whose mission is to help the Christian Church persevere in places where she faces persecution, by providing practical, non-governmental assistance, and by bringing greater awareness to the issue of Christian persecution around the world. For more information visit https://solidaritypersecutedchurch.org.