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Feb142011

Sen. John Kerry Heads to Pakistan to Calm Diplomatic Tensions 

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sen. John Kerry left for a trip to Pakistan on Monday, according to his spokesperson on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Spokesman Frederick Jones said the trip comes at a time when the relationship is strained by the detention of a U.S. government official, Raymond Davis, who's suspected of killing two Pakistani men in self-defense during an alleged robbery attempt late last month in Lahore.

The U.S. was scheduled to host a trilateral meeting in Washington with Afghanistan and Pakistan at the end of February, but the meeting was cancelled after Pakistan resisted U.S. demands to release Davis immediately.

“Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry left Monday night for Pakistan where he will meet with senior Pakistan government officials to reaffirm support for the strategic relationship between the two countries,” spokesman, Frederick Jones said.

Details of when he will arrive were not given, due to security reasons.

Chairman Kerry has traveled to Pakistan four times since assuming chairmanship of the committee in 2009. He was the first high-ranking U.S. official to travel to Pakistan following the devastating floods in that country last September.

In 2009 Sen. Kerry co-authored the enhanced partnership with Pakistan Act of 2009, also known as the Kerry-Lugar-Berman Act, which triples non-military foreign assistance to Pakistan to $1.5 billion per year over the next five years.

“Kerry-Lugar-Berman was designed to signal our long-term state engagement with the people of Pakistan,” Jones said.

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