US religious freedom envoy: Pakistan has ‘desire to change’

1000 (1)Source: Associated Press

By JON GAMBRELL

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Pakistan has “a desire to change” its ways and be removed from an American blacklist of countries that infringe on religious freedoms, a U.S. special envoy said Sunday on a tour of a Mideast long riven by faith.

Sam Brownback, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, criticized Sudan’s government amid protests against longtime President Omar al-Bashir during an interview with The Associated Press. He also lauded steps taken by the United Arab Emirates and promises made by Saudi Arabia while acknowledging far more needs to be done in those countries to promote and protect the right to choose one’s faith.

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