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Top Pak diplomat begins US visit for Afghan talks

IRNA

Islamabad, Nov 9, IRNA - A top Pakistani diplomat has embarked on a 
visit to the United States on a "two-prong" diplomatic mission, press 
reports said on Sunday. 
Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokhar will be having talks with Deputy 
Secretary State Department Richard Armitage and Assistant Secretary 
Christina Rocca. 
Daily `Jang` reported Khokhar`s visit would be the first high 
level interaction with the US officials since the visits of President 
General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Zafarullah Jamali to the 
US last month. 
The Pakistani official will reportedly meet the UN Secretary 
General Kofi Annan and will also have detailed meetings at the UN 
headquarters with the permanent representatives of the member 
countries of the UN Security Council. 
The foreign secretary`s visit has importance in the backdrop of 
the last week`s visit of permanent representatives of the Security 
Council member countries at the UN to Kabul, where they were on a 
fact-finding mission and would bring out their report early next week,
the daily said. 
Khokhar will be having discussions with them on situation around 
Afghanistan. Sources said that the foreign secretary would address 
special committee of the UN on disarmament during his stay. 
In Washington, the Pakistani official will be meeting security and
state departments` officials. He will brief them about the latest 
situation prevailing in South Asia and proposals offered by Islamabad 
and New Delhi as confidence-building measures, according to the 
report. 
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