JOHN FARINA was a participant at the invitation-only U.S. Department of State Ministerial to Promote Religious Freedom, July 16-18, at Foggy Bottom. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, convened the meeting of government ministers and civil society actors from over 125 countries. Ambassador at Large for Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, described the meeting as “the world’s largest gathering on religious freedom.” Former UK Prime Minster Tony Blair told participants of the urgent need to make religious freedom a priority in international relations.
The ministerial was based on the 2018 Potomac Declaration, which declares, “Defending the freedom of religion or belief is the collective responsibility of the global community. Religious freedom is essential for achieving peace and stability within nations and among nations.”
July 19, 2019