Photo: Marianne Ejdersten/WCC

Photo: Marianne Ejdersten/WCC

The World Council of Churches (WCC) Executive Committee expressed its concern and alarm at the recent escalation of tensions between the USA and the Islamic Republic of Iran, following the US withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, known as the “Iran Nuclear Deal.”

joined the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA in urging de-escalation of tensions, suspension of militaristic posturing and confrontation, and a return to the path of diplomacy and negotiations.

The statement appeals for a return to dialogue, and to the path of peace.

“The lessons of history should speak for themselves,” the statement reads. “Further conflict in this fragile region will have tragic and unpredictable consequences for all involved, for the region and the world.”

The WCC Executive Committee statement, 27 May 2019

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National Council of Churches in the USA