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Pakistani FM seeks report on U.S travel screening

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad,Jan. 6,IRNA -- Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has sought a report from the Foreign Office about the U.S. decision to subject passengers from 14 countries including Pakistan to new airport security.

Travelers will be subject to mandatory extra screening – including full-body pat-downs – before they can board a flight to the U.S.

Those countries are: Cuba, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Yemen.

Foreign Minister Qureshi told reporters in Karachi that he will raise the issue with the U.S officials after the Foreign Office prepares the report.

“The U.S has security concerns and we realize why they have such concerns,” Qureshi said.

To a question regarding problems of the U.S nationals to get Pakistani visas, the Foreign Minister said the matter with the U.S had been resolved.

The U.S slapped extra procedures for travelers from Pakistan and other mostly Muslim nations, following the failed attempt to bomb a jetliner as it approached Detroit after a flight from Amsterdam.

The alleged suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian, was accused of receiving training and instructions form Al Qaeda operatives in Yemen.

Qureshi said the US Congress, which in the past pointed finger at Pakistan, is today passing unanimous resolutions in favour of the country.

He said today the United States was talking of extending economic assistance to Pakistan and also referring to the commitment to the country's democracy besides investment in social sector including education, health and poverty alleviation.

He further stated that Pakistan was keen to have good relations with the United States which values Pakistan's partnership.
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End News / IRNA / News Code 882165



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