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U.S. Warning To Pakistan Over Curbs On Diplomat Travel

United States ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter
The United States says Pakistani diplomats in the U.S. could be hit with travel restrictions similar to those recently imposed on American diplomats in Pakistan unless the south Asian country lifts its restrictions on U.S. personnel.

The State Department said on August 1 that it is confident U.S. and Pakistani officials will be able to resolve the dispute quickly.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner, however, said "reciprocity is always a consideration" if Pakistan does not lift its restrictions.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry in June issued rules forcing American diplomats to get special permission in advance to leave the capital Islamabad to travel to other Pakistani cities, including cities where the U.S. maintains consulates.

The U.S. State Department spokesman said there had been an incident last week in which U.S. diplomats were prevented from traveling between Islamabad and Peshawar.

The spokesman said this problem later appeared to have been solved. He said there had also been an incident in which the U.S. ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter, had been briefly delayed by Pakistani officials from taking a flight to Karachi.

compiled from agency reports