U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt wants the State Department to respond to recent attacks on Christians in Egypt.
The Missouri Republican joined Tennessee’s GOP senators, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, in a letter to the State Department. They want the U.S. to urge Egypt’s government to take steps to protect Coptic Christian churches, communities and individuals.
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The senators say recent attacks on minority Christians have endangered their ability to worship.
Blunt also has sponsored legislation allowing the appointment of a special envoy to promote religious freedom in a region described as the “Near East and South Central Asia.”
The bill would allot $1 million annually to the new envoy for staff, investigations and travel.