Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council, met with Sudanese Ambassador to the United States Maowia Khalid on Wednesday to discuss the efforts to free Meriam Ibrahim, a Christian woman who was imprisoned due to allegations of apostasy. Ibrahim, whose husband is a U.S. citizen and who recently gave birth to their second child while in prison, was freed but then detained again at an airport in Sudan with her American husband when they tried to leave the country.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Perkins said that he felt the meeting at the embassy over the status of Ibrahim and her family went well.
“I met with him for about an hour. I think the ambassador is a very reasonable man, understands the issue here,” said Perkins.
“From all indications, from what I have spoken to members and others who’ve been working on this, [Khalid] has been working very hard to see this matter resolved in a positive way.”
Married to a Christian, Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging by a Sudanese court in May on the charge of apostasy and adultery. She was accused of converting from Islam to Christianity.
Ibrahim has appealed the decision and has argued that she was raised as a Christian by her Ethiopian Orthodox mother, therefore never renounced Islam. Thus her marriage to an American Christian is legitimate and does not constitute adultery.
Earlier this month a rally was held outside of the White House by over 40 organizations calling on President Barack Obama to act on Ibrahim’s behalf and to focus more on religious liberty.
Attendees to the rally included members of Congress, specifically Republican Rep. Trent Franks of Arizona and Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post