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US Senator John Kerry Arrives in Islamabad

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TEHRAN, May 16 (ICANA) – Influential US Senator John Kerry arrived in Islamabad Sunday night for talks to back on track the relations deteriorated after the US unilateral action to kill Osama bin Laden, the US embassy spokesman said.
Monday, May 16, 2011 11:08:15 AM
US Senator John Kerry Arrives in Islamabad

John Kerry, chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is the first high level American official to visit Pakistan and meet with Pakistani political and military leadership, official and diplomatic sources said.

Pakistan has condemned the US Special Forces raid on a compound in the northwestern city of Abbotabad on May 2 and killed the al-Qaeda chief.

The attack sparked widespread anger in Pakistan and a special close-door parliament session condemned the US raid, terming is against Pakistan's sovereignty.

The CIA chief had alleged that Pakistan either involved in sheltering Osama bin Laden or incompetent to know about his compound, where he lived for five years.

Sources said that John Kerry, who arrived in Islamabad after two-day talks in Afghanistan, will begin meetings on Monday. He is likely to meet President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and top military generals.

US media has reported that Senator John Kerry will carry a list of actions to ease tensions.

Kerry told reporters in Afghanistan's Mazar-e-Sharif on Saturday that insurgent attacks in Afghanistan are carried out by insurgents trained in Pakistan.

He also said Pakistan should act honestly in the fight against terrorism.

'It is really critical that we talk with the Pakistanis as friends in the best effort to try to achieve the most cooperation possible to make all of us safer. We believe that Pakistan itself is challenged from these insurgents, extremists and terrorists,' Kerry told reporters ahead of his Islamabad visit.

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