Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil listens to questions during a press conference at the Mexican Foreign Ministry in Mexico City on February 23, 2015. AFP PHOTO / Alfredo ESTRELLA
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Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil urged the United Nations' Security Council Friday to issue a resolution to protect minorities in the Middle East as they faced persecution by extremist groups. "We came here today to ask for more than a statement, we call for the preparation of an international resolution to protect minorities in the East and draw geographical and moral red lines [to preserve] their presence," Bassil said.He was addressing the Security Council at a meeting at the U.N. headquarters in New York to discuss continued attacks on ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East.Bassil said that the encouraging of minorities in the Middle East to emigrate by some Western states must stop, adding that those forced to leave should be helped to return to their homes.Bassil pointed to the awful consequences of displacing minorities.
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