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US reaffirms protections for Iraq’s religious minorities

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert
On Monday, US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert issued a statement reaffirming the Department’s commitment to assisting vulnerable and threatened Iraqi communities which were decimated by ISIS and its brutalities, Kurdistan 24 reported.
“This Administration has made the protection of Iraq’s diversity of faiths and its threatened religious minorities a top and unceasing priority,” Nauert stated.
“All available US resources are committed to implementing the Administration’s vision for the protection of these threatened people,” her statement continued, “and to ensuring the help we promised arrives before it is too late.”
The State Department’s reaffirmation of its commitment follows an unusual public rebuke which the office of Vice President Mike Pence issued on Friday to the US Agency for International Development (USAID).
“President Trump and Vice President Pence made restoring the rights and property of Iraq’s Christian and Yezidi communities, who were nearly wiped out by [IS’] genocidal campaign against them, a top and unceasing priority of their administration,” the statement, published by the Vice President’s Press Secretary, Alyssa Farah, affirmed.
The statement noted that Trump had “directed” the US government “to stop using slow, ineffective and wasteful United Nations programs and to instead distribute assistance through USAID in order to provide faster and more direct aid to Christian and Yezidi communities in Iraq.”
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