Letter to the rescue of people in the Middle East against the sanctions of Trump

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The co-presidents of Pax Christi International, international board members and Pax Christi sections have addressed a letter to President Trump,  Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, to express deep concern for the people of the Middle East during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The letter urges the US leaders to ease and suspend sanctions that negatively impact civilian populations and other restrictions that impair governments’ abilities to respond to the health crisis. This includes financial sanctions that impact the ability of countries to import much-needed medical supplies and equipment.  As an international Catholic network with 120 member organisations around the world, we are hearing directly from our partners that daily life for people was already tenuous for many in places such as Iran, Syria, and Gaza and these realities have only become more difficult as a result of COVID-19.

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