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John Kerry expected to visit Pakistan on July 31

Updated July 29, 2013


US Secretary of State John Kerry.    — Photo AP
US Secretary of State John Kerry. — Photo AP

ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive in Islamabad on July 31, sources told DawnNews on Monday.

Kerry had accepted an invitation to visit Pakistan, extended to him by Adviser to Pakistan's Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz during a meeting held on the sidelines of the 20th Ministerial Meeting of the Asean Regional Forum on July 2.

The US secretary of State was previously expected to arrive in Pakistan on July 29. However the trip was later postponed after US officials said that he would visit Pakistan in "a few days time".

Sources said that the condition of Kerry's wife, who has suffered a storke earlier this month, was improving and that the US secretary of State was expected to arrive in Pakistan on July 31.

According to the new itinerary, Kerry would hold meetings with the Pakistani president, prime minister, and the advisor for national security and foreign affairs on August 1.

John Kerry would also hold meetings with the top-level leadership of Pakistan's military and is also expected to participate in the Pak-US strategic dialogue.

Key issues including drone attacks in Pakistan are expected to be discussed during the US official's visit.