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Senator McCain meets PM Gilani

SAMAA | - Posted: Aug 13, 2011 | Last Updated: 10 years ago
Posted: Aug 13, 2011 | Last Updated: 10 years ago

ISLAMABAD: US senator and former presidential candidate John McCain met with top Pakistani officials including Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, in Islamabad on Saturday.In a statement afterward, Gilani said he told the Republican lawmaker that Pakistan desired an enduring partnership with the United States.The Prime Minister said that he would welcome a visit by US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and added that Pakistan looked forward to a deeper level of engagement with the US in all areas including energy, social sector and economic cooperation.Gilani also said he appreciated Senator John McCain's continued support for Pakistan in the US Congress.The senator's visit came as news broke that gunmen had abducted an American after breaking into his house in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore.The US Embassy identified the victim as Warren Weinstein.A man by that name serves as the Pakistan country director for J.E. Austin Associates, a development contractor that works with the aid arm of the American government, according to a profile on the LinkedIn networking website.Pakistani police said the American was believed to be in his 60s, and had returned to Lahore the previous night from the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. He had told his staff he would be wrapping up his latest project and moving out of Pakistan by Monday, a Pakistani police official said. AGENCIES

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