October 19, 2019

US removes travel restrictions on Pak diplomats

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration has announced that it will remove travel restrictions imposed on Pakistani diplomats based in the United States more than a year ago.

The State Department confirmed to The News here Wednesday that travel controls are being removed from Pakistani diplomatic personnel assigned to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington DC and their dependents.

When asked, the department said: “The Pakistani government has corresponded with a similar measure in relation to our diplomatic personnel assigned to our Embassy and Consulates in Pakistan.” diplomatic missions in line with international standards, “said the answer.

The announcement came only weeks after Prime Minister Imran Khan visited the United States, where he held long meetings with President Donald Trump and other high-level officials and discussed issues of mutual interest.

Both countries had imposed movement limitations in May of last year. Pakistani diplomats were asked not to travel outside a 25-mile radius around the city without approval. The decision taken at that time was a further decline in relations between the two countries.

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