As Boris Johnson becomes Prime Minster today members of the Network of Christian Peace Organisations, including Pax Christi – the international Catholic movement for peace, have written an open letter calling for the new government to work to ensure a peaceful resolution to the current tensions with Iran as well as seeking security throughout the United Kingdom as Brexit discussions continue.
The letter, co-ordinated by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, calls on the Prime Minster to ‘prioritise the work of authentic peace’.
As Iran continues to hold a British oil tanker in the gulf and tensions between the United States and Iran continue to escalate, there is an increasing chance that Britain could be drawn in to further conflict in the Middle East with disastrous consequences.
John Cooper, Director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation said: “As the new Prime Minster takes office this afternoon we pray for the wisdom, strength and courage to seek peaceful solutions to the problems our country faces. We believe there is a different way of conducting international relations, focussing on bringing people together and dialogue rather than conflict and division. We encourage the Prime Minister to provide this leadership.”
Picture: Newly elected leader of the Conservative party Boris Johnson arrives at Conservative party HQ in Westminster, London, after it was announced that he had won the leadership ballot and will become the next Prime Minister. (Stefan Rousseau/PA).