Refuting Blinken's comments, Zhao said the US should do soul searching and stop using religious issues to interfere in other countries.
Hussain is the first Muslim to be nominated to serve as the Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom, the White House said in a statement on Friday.
The commission chair, Nadine Maenza, urged the United States to "hold the Indian government accountable and to raise religious freedom concerns in the US-India bilateral relationship."
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The report is an annual document submitted to the US Congress that documents major instances of the violation of religious freedom across the world.
The US' constitution and laws guarantee Americans the right not just to believe as they see fit, but to freely exercise their religion, he said.