Islamabad: Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry will arrive in Pakistan tonight to meet with senior Pakistani government officials and to reaffirm U.S. support for the strategic relationship between the two countries. Chairman Kerry has traveled to Pakistan four times since assuming chairmanship of the Committee in early 2009. He was the first high-ranking U.S. official to travel to Pakistan following the devastating floods in that country last summer.
In 2009, Chairman Kerry coauthored the “Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009,” also known as the Kerry-Lugar-Berman (KLB) act, which triples non-military foreign assistance to Pakistan to $1.5 billion per year over the next five years. Kerry-Lugar-Berman was designed to signal our long-term strategic engagement with the people of Pakistan.
U.S -Pakistan relations are strained over Pakistan denial to grant immunity to Raymond Davis, earlier U.S. has pressurised Pakistan to release him immediately. Moreover in this regard U.S. has informed Pakistan that Non-Miltary aid to Pakistan can be stopped in coming months. While Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry has been major assistance coming from U.S. According to the Boston Globe, Senator Kerry was undertaking the visit at the request of the Obama administration.
In Washington, the State Department Monday reiterated its stance that Raymond Davis enjoys diplomatic immunity and that he should be released from detention. Spokesman Philip J Crowley said Washington was building a strategic partnership with Pakistan and expected Islamabad to implement the international convention.
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