“The U.S. has always been a symbol of freedom for persecuted people around the world,” Fr. Muntaser Haddad of the St. Ephrem Syriac Catholic Church told Breitbart News.
Haddad attended the three-day Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom summit in Washington, which ended Thursday.
“If minorities like Yazidis and Christians would have vanished from the Middle East, it would show the world the United States is not invested in promoting its values and a lot of people would lose hope,” he said.
The Trump administration launched a multi-million-dollar program to help the victims.
In a speech during the event Wednesday, Fr. Thabet Habib Youssef, a Chaldean Catholic priest from Iraq’s Nineveh province, expressed his appreciation.