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U.S. will aim to persuade others to 'call out' China over Uighurs at U.N. - Pompeo

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U.S. will aim to persuade others to 'call out' China over Uighurs at U.N. - Pompeo
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pictured at the EU Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, September 3, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir   -   Copyright  FRANCOIS LENOIR(Reuters)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday the United States would use the U.N. General Assembly this month to persuade countries to help “call out” China over treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority.

Asked after a speech at the Kansas State University how Washington had been promoting an end to the oppression of Uighurs in China, Pompeo said: “insufficiently.”

“We are going to have this U.N. General Assembly in the third week in September. We’ll do a number of gatherings where our efforts will be to get other countries to sign up to help us call out this activity that is taking place … We want freedom for those folks.”

(This story corrects typo in first paragraph to read U.N. General Assembly and uses preferred name of institution in second paragraph.)

(Reporting by David Brunnstrom and Lisa Lambert; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)