US deputy secretary of state to arrive in Islamabad today

Oct 7, 2021: The US Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman and her seven-member delegation are arriving in the Pakistani capital today for a two-day visit to hold important talks with the civilian and military leadership.

The US Ambassador and her delegation will arrive at Islamabad International Airport on a chartered flight. According to a report by Dawn News, the delegation has been exempted from COVID-19 rapid antigen testing and body scanning on arrival.

According to the report, the State Department has directed the Chief Security Officer of the Aviation Division, Airport Security Force (ASF) and the Airport Manager to ensure the arrival of the US delegation.

Upon arrival, the US delegation will be given access to the VIP State Lounge, China Gate at Islamabad Airport. This facility will also be provided to the members of the delegation at the time of departure.

Instructions have also been issued for the availability of golf carts from the landing gate to the State Lounge, parking of special aircraft at a nearby location and provision of an aircraft bridge for ease of access.

Before coming to Pakistan, Sherman traveled to India where she also held talks with the country’s top leadership.

After the visit by CIA Director Will Burns, Sherman’s will be one of the first high-ranking officials to visit Pakistan under US President Joe Biden.

In India, Burns addressed the annual “Ideas Summit” of the US India Business Council, the State Department said.

Biden, who, like his predecessors, had called for stronger ties with India, has not yet spoken to PM Imran Khan, although Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met with his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of UN meetings in Afghanistan. He thanked Islamabad for helping to evacuate the Americans from the country following the Taliban takeover.

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