Jeremy Hunt says politicians in developing countries should stop fanning hatred between religions

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Jeremy Hunt was asked by Conservative MP Luke Hall what he learned from trips to countries like Nigeria about what more we can do, as a Government, to tackle the appalling persecution of Christians in the region.

Responding, Mr Hunt said: “I had a roundtable of faith leaders at the British high commissioner’s residence in Nigeria, and we had a very good discussion on this issue.

 

“The main thing that I took away from that discussion is the immensely important role that politicians have in developing countries in not fanning populism and hatred between religions in election campaigns, which is a very easy route to go down but can have immensely damaging consequences.”

He also agreed with Conservative MP Sir David Anthony Evennett that following the Bishop of Truro’s interim report on the persecution of Christians, the Government needs to be “even more public and more forceful in calling out persecution where it is identified”.

 

“We will obviously await the bishop’s final report,” Mr Hunt said.

“The concern we had, and the reason that we commissioned…

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