WASHINGTON, Thursday, March 11, 2021 (WAFA) - Earlier this week, Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP) sent a letter to President Joe Biden signed by 28 church and Christian organizational leaders from CMEP’s membership.
The letter addressed initial key policy recommendations for the Biden Administration related to the Middle East. Since taking office in January, President Biden has announced an end to U.S. support for offensive operations in the Saudi/UAE led war in Yemen and his administration has affirmed its intention to restore much needed humanitarian assistance to the West Bank and Gaza.
In the letter, the leaders share their vision for a rights based foreign policy writing, “We seek to encourage a US foreign policy in the region that addresses these and other issues in a fair, just, and consistent way. As faith leaders it is our duty to speak up on behalf of those who suffer injustice. We believe peace and justice in the world is also the duty of the United States and of all nations.”
CMEP Executive Director, Rev. Mae Elise Cannon said, “CMEP stands ready to support positive U.S. engagement in the Middle East and will continue to hold the Biden Administration accountable when U.S. policies fall short of embracing human rights and equality for all in Israel/Palestine.”