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US Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter. — File Photo by Reuters

ISLAMABAD: United States’ ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter, who had earlier decided to quit his post, returned to Pakistan on Wednesday to continue his duties on the directives of the US government, DawnNews reported

Earlier, Munter announced that he had decided not to extend his contract to an extra year and decided to quit Pakistan’s mission after completion of his initial two-year tenure.

He had left Pakistan after that announcement two weeks earlier.

Pakistan is considered as a hard posting station and while the normal tenure for any ambassador posted here is two years, the incumbent has the option of continuing for another year. Most of the previous ambassadors served here for three years, while quite a few left after two years.

Diplomatic sources told DawnNews that the US State department has directed Munter to remain in Islamabad till the completion of ongoing diplomatic negotiations between the two countries.

Spokesman of US embassy in Islamabad, Mark Stroh, has confirmed the return of the US ambassador in Islamabad.

The negotiations between the two countries, on the issue of reopening of Nato supply routes,  is in process and it is expected that they will be concluded before June 1 this year and there is a possibility that US aid would continue to flow in Pakistan after that, diplomatic sources said.

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