The government has unveiled plans to set aside millions of kroner in funding on the 2018 budget in order to better protect religious minorities.

The news came today as the foreign minister, Anders Samuelsen, and development minister, Ulla Tørnæs, hosted a debate meeting with a number of faith-based organisations, experts and politicians.

"Christians and other religious minorities are under duress in many parts of the world – not least the Middle East and north Africa. Strengthening the international co-operation for the protection of Christian minorities is a priority of the government," said Samuelsen.

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