Washington, DC, May 24,  –IDC applauds this meeting between President Trump and Pope Francis.  We hope that the Trump Administration, the Vatican, and global and regional powers in the Middle East will work together to end violence in places like Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

This should include the creation of zones of safety and stability for civilians. There must also be permanent political solutions to the underlying problems of unjust governance, inequality, violent extremism, and the proliferation of radical ideologies.

IDC Calls upon the U.S. government and the community of the civilized nations to protect vulnerable civilian life, to restore victims to justice, and to pursue with all available means the global support network for terrorism and violent extremism.

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