— Feb. 6, 2014 10:57 AM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama told a non-denominational gathering of political leaders Thursday that
freedom of religion across the world is important
to national security and is a central tenet of U.S. diplomacy.
“More broadly I’ve made the case that no society can truly succeed unless it guarantees the rights of all of its peoples, including religious minorities, whether they are Ahmadia Muslims in Pakistan or Bahais in Iran or Coptic Christians in Egypt,” Obama said.