US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo hosted the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, the first-ever Ministerial to advance religious freedom around the world. This event focused on concrete outcomes that reaffirm international commitments to promote religious freedom and produce real, positive change.
Today, the first-ever conference on religious freedom to be held at ministerial level began in Washington D.C. It is organized by the US Department of State. Participants today heard speeches from both the US Vice President Mike Pence and the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Hungary is represented at the conference by a delegation led by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó.
Administration escalated pressure after a court placed Andrew Brunson, on trial for terrorism charges, under house arrest. Donald Trump has threatened to slap “large sanctions” on Turkey unless Ankara frees an American pastor whose detention has further strained relations between the Nato allies. The Trump administration escalated its pressure campaign the day after a Turkish court allowed Andrew Brunson to be transferred to house arrest after 21 months in detention. He is on trial on terrorism charges.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lauded Israel’s democracy while calling attention to “the plight of the long-suffering Iranian people” during his satellite video speech to the 13th Annual Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Summit hosted in Washington DC. “Iran’s regime is a point of darkness in the Middle East. Israel is a point of light,” he said.
President Donald Trump has announced that his nominee for the Supreme Court is Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. He said the nominee has “impeccable credentials” and is “considered a judge’s judge.”