Armitage arriving in Pakistan on Wednesday
ISLAMABAD: US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage will arrive in Islamabad on July 14 (Wednesday) on a two-day visit to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues.
Armitage will first arrive in India on Tuesday and is likely to visit Afghanistan later.
Armitage will hold talks with the leadership of both Pakistan and India on the ongoing dialogue process. Confirming Armitage’s visit, Foreign Office spokesman Masood Khan said that an agenda for talks and a schedule for meetings with the Pakistani leadership had already been prepared.
This will be the first-ever interaction by a senior US official with the new Indian administration. The US official will seek an update from both sides on the ongoing process and possible hurdles, if any, sources said. The two sides will discuss the outcome of the Wana operation, prevailing security situation in Afghanistan and their cooperation in the global war on terrorism, sources said.
Diplomatic sources said that Armitage could also renew the US request for Pakistani troops to protect the UN mission in Iraq, although Pakistan has kept an earlier request pending. Richard Armitage is scheduled to meet President Musharraf, Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain, Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri and Foreign Secretary Riaz Khokhar.