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US Ambassador summoned, Pakistan protests over US Officials statements over Al-Qaeda regrouping

01 March, 2007

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has summoned US Ambassador Ryan C Crocker in Foreign Office on Wednesday and strongly protested over statements of US Officials regarding regrouping of Taliban and Al-Qaeda.

Foreign Office sources have confirmed that the US Ambassador summoned in Foreign Office and notified him that remnants of Al-Qaeda and Taliban are not being regrouped in Pakistan.

Sources told that Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Riaz Muhammad Khan informed US Ambassador regarding Pakistan's unprecedented role in war on terror and actions taken by Pakistan's government in tribal areas against Al-Qaeda and Taliban.

Riaz Muhammad Khan, later apprised Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz his meeting with US Ambassador.

Talking to reporters in the Parliament House, the Foreign Secretary in a question said that talks with US Ambassador is a routine matter but refused to comment on the word "summon" reported by media.

He said that to call Ambassador of any country is a routine matter and when needed we call US Ambassador, however he did not deny the calling of US Ambassador in Foreign Office on Wednesday.

In another question regarding current visit of US Vice President Dick Cheney, Riaz Muhammad Khan said that he (Cheney) held detail talks with President Musharraf on Afghanistan and terrorism.

The Foreign Secretary dispelled the reports that if Pakistan would not take strong action against Taliban and Al-Qaeda then the United States would stop its aid.

The Foreign Secretary while answering another question said that briefing is being given in Foreign Office to ambassadors of countries of Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) regarding the Middle East situation.

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