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Secretary Pompeo hosted the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, the first-ever Ministerial to advance religious freedom around the world. This event, held July 24-26, 2018, focused on concrete outcomes that reaffirmed international commitments to promote religious freedom and produce real, positive change. The Ministerial convened a broad range of stakeholders, including foreign ministers, international organization representatives, religious leaders, and civil society representatives, to discuss challenges, identify concrete ways to combat religious persecution and discrimination, and ensure greater respect for religious freedom for all. Learn more about the event.

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