Mike Pompeo: the protection of religious freedom is crucial for peace, stability and prosperity
The Secretary of state podcherkivaet that the United States aims to cooperate with governments, NGOs and religious leaders to promote religious freedom around the world
November 28, U.S. Secretary of state Mike Pompeo introduced Myanmar, Iran, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Eritrea to the list of countries of particular concern in connection with the religious freedom Act of 1998, as they commit or tolerate systematic and egregious actions that infringe on religious freedom. Comoros, Russia and Uzbekistan have got to the list of countries that require special attention because they commit or allow serious violations of religious freedom. The Secretary also acknowledged “Front EN-Nusra”, “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula”, “Al-Shabab”, “Boko Haram”, the Houthis, ISIS, “Khorasan province” and “Taliban” organizations that cause particular concern.
“In too many places where people continue to face harassment and arrests or even dying due to the fact that they live in accordance with their beliefs. The United States will not remain silent spectators in the face of such harassment, said Pompeo. – Protection and promotion of religious freedom at the international level is one of the priority directions of foreign policy of administration of the President of the trump.”
In July the Secretary of state held the first ever Ministerial meeting on issues of religious freedom, which was attended by about 85 countries and over 400 organizations. The purpose of this event is to draw attention to the problem and encourage the adoption of measures for the protection of religious freedom.
“The protection of religious freedom is crucial for peace, stability and prosperity, he said. – Inclusion of countries and organizations in these lists is intended to improve people’s lives and enhance the success of companies. I admit that some of those who were in the lists of the countries are making efforts to improve the situation in the area of religious freedom. I welcome such initiatives and look forward to continue dialogue.”
“The United States remains firmly committed to cooperation with governments, NGOs and religious leaders to promote religious freedom around the world,” said Mike Pompeo.