Pompeo says China's treatment of Uighurs 'biggest threat to religious freedom'

by Reuters
Thursday, 29 October 2020 07:41 GMT

ARCHIVE PHOTO: A propaganda banner and a security camera are placed on the walls of a mosque in the Old City in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China September 6, 2018. Picture taken September 6, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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On a visit to Muslim-majority Indonesia, Pompeo said China's treatment of Uighur Muslims was the biggest threat to religious freedom

JAKARTA, Oct 29 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday described China's treatment of Uighur Muslims as the biggest threat to religious freedom during an address to the youth wing of Indonesia's largest Islamic organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama.

Pompeo, who is visiting the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation as part of a regional trip to bolster trade and security ties, urged Indonesians to search for the facts regarding the treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Chinese province of Xinjiang.

(Reporting Bernadette Christina Munthe Writing by Kate Lamb Editing by Ed Davies)