Pakistan, U.S. agree to settle visa row

13:26, May 18, 2010      

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Pakistan and the United States have agreed to resolve the issue of delay in issuance of visas for diplomats, officials said Tuesday.

U.S. embassy spokesman Richard Senlsire admitted Monday that Pakistan and the U.S. have some differences over issuance of visas and expressed the hope that it would soon be resolved.

The Pakistani Foreign Office has asked the U.S embassy in Pakistan to provide details of their diplomats as the embassy already has visas more than their sanctioned limit.

The U.S. embassy said it has applied for more visas for some defense officials from the U.S who were supposed to come to Pakistan. But Pakistani Foreign Office said their preliminary details, regarding the nature of their jobs in Pakistan, have not been submitted yet by the U.S embassy officials.

A Foreign Office official told Xinhua that the U.S. embassy in Islamabad can apply for maximum 420 to 450 visas but surprisingly it has applied for more than 850 visas for auditors, accountants, routine diplomats, defense officials and cultural officers whereas they have got almost 700 visas out of more than 850.

There were about 150 applicants who still need to provide details to the Pakistani office to get visas, he said.

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