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France wants UN meeting on minorities in Middle East

Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said there was a need to discuss the problems of Christians and other minorities

France wants UN meeting on minorities in Middle East
France Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius. (Getty Images)

France is calling for a UN Security Council meeting on March 27 to discuss the situation of minorities in the Middle East, Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said this week.

Fabius told a news conference in Rabat on Monday he would chair the meeting which would discuss the problems of Christians and other minorities in the region.

ISIL militants have killed hundreds of Iraq and Syrian Yazidis and Christians, burying some alive and taking hundreds of women as slaves.

Last month, Islamist militants loyal to the group released a video that appeared to show the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya.

"It (the meeting) will affirm that we are on the side of minorities, and we do not accept them to be persecuted" he said.

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