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US talking to Pak over free movement of diplomats

US has said it is in talks with Pakistan over the free movement of its diplomats in that country, following reports that US Ambassador Cameron Munter was stopped at Islamabad Airport over travel permit issues.



Washington: US has said it is in talks
with Pakistan over the free movement of its diplomats in that
country, following reports that US Ambassador Cameron Munter
was stopped at Islamabad Airport over travel permit issues.

"The issue is the right of our diplomats to freely
travel," State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters.
"We have met with Pakistani officials on this matter
both in Washington and in Islamabad, and we believe it can be
resolved," Toner said.

US Ambassador Cameron Munter was reportedly stopped at
Islamabad airport on Sunday by officials enforcing a rule that
required all foreign diplomats to have a "no-objection
certificate" for travelling outside Islamabad.

"In fact, I just learned today that diplomats were
able to travel between Islamabad and Peshawar. And I would
just say, speaking on a broader level, that we`re working
cooperatively with the government of Pakistan to resolve the
issue," Toner said.
"We obviously raised our concerns. We feel that we`re
making progress towards resolving the issue," he said.

The US official, however, refused to respond to
questions on whether America had threatened to place similar
restrictions on the movement of Pakistani diplomats here.

PTI

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