The Bishop of St Albans received the following written answer on 25th January 2022:
The Lord Bishop of St Albans asked Her Majesty’s Government, further to concerns expressed by the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem that “radical fringe groups” are trying to drive Christians out of Jerusalem, what assessment they have made of the future status of Christians in Jerusalem.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Con, Foreign Office): The UK is committed to defending freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) for all, and promoting respect between different religious and non-religious communities. The UK condemns all attacks on the right to freedom of religion or belief.
The UK is committed to working with all parties across Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories to ensure the safety and security of the holy sites and all who worship there, including Christians from all nations. Israel is a thriving democracy, and has made clear its commitment to freedom of religion. We encourage the Israeli Government to do all it can to uphold the values of equality for all enshrined in its laws.
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