Alhurra talks to lawmakers on persecution of Mideast religious minorities

During a three-day summit on the persecution of Middle Eastern Christians and minorities organized by the group In Defense Of Christians (IDC), Alhurra’s Congressional Correspondent Rana Abtar conducted interviews with several members of Congress, addressing the plight of Christians, Yazidis and others in Iraq and Syria. In the interviews, the lawmakers addressed the urgency to act to ensure the safety of Christians in the Middle East and to respond to the region’s daunting refugee crisis. The following are excerpts from the interviews:

Alhurra interviews Iraq’s parliament speaker

Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Dr. Salim al-Jabouri spoke to Alhurra's Free Hour

In an interview with Alhurra’s Free Hour program, Iraq’s Parliament Speaker Dr. Salim al-Jabouri called on Iraqis to be patient and to give the government and political forces enough time to implement a series of reforms. He affirmed that the Iraqi decision makers are serious about reform.