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McCain demands withdrawal of NOC requirement for US diplomats travelling in Pak

August 14, 2011 - Islamabad

The United States has demanded that the Pakistan Government lift the no-objection certificate (NOC) requirement on the movement of American diplomats in the country.

The demand was made by visiting US Senator John McCain, who arrived in Islamabad on Saturday and met with top officials, including Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

The US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, was also present in the meeting, The PakTribune reports.

Gilani assured McCain and Munter that he would consider the matter of removing NOC conditions on the movement of US diplomats.

The meeting stressed on moving a step further from the cooperation on counter terrorism and working on a joint strategy to improve bilateral relations.

McCain also met President Asif Ali Zardari and Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

McCain discussed ways to improve Pak-US relations with Kayani, besides joint cooperation for counter terrorism efforts, according to sources.

According to the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), during the meeting, McCain also expressed his concerns in connection with Americans being harassed in Pakistan and the withdrawal of the requirement for an NOC for the movement of US envoys.


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