In this file photo taken on November 28, 2018 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters at the US Capitol after briefing senators in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel NGAN
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The United States said Tuesday it has added Pakistan to its blacklist of countries that violate religious freedom, ramping up pressure over its treatment of minorities.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had designated Pakistan among "countries of particular concern" in a congressionally mandated annual report, meaning the U.S. government is obliged to exert pressure to end freedom violations.The United States removed one country from the list – Uzbekistan – but kept it on the watch list.Pompeo also put on the watch list Russia, adding another item of contention to the relationship between the two powers.
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