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Wednesday
Feb162011

Sen. John Kerry Meets with Former Pakistani Foreign Minister

Photo Courtesy - Brendan Smialowski/ Getty Images(LAHORE, Pakistan) -- Sen. John Kerry met with former Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Lahore Wednesday.

The meeting came at a time when the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistan is strained due to the detention of Raymond Davis, a U.S. government official who's accused of killing two Pakistani men during an alleged robbery attempt late last month in Lahore.

Kerry called Qureshi his friend and had expressed the desire to meet him even if was no longer the country's foreign minister.

Qureshi lost his position after developing differences with the government over immunity issues related to Davis.  He had said that Davis does not enjoy immunity.

Pakistan's foreign office has sent a report to the Law Ministry about the status of Davis' immunity.  The general consensus of the report, according to those who have read it, is that it mentions that Davis is eligible for immunity.  It will be presented in court Thursday and a decision on the basis of the report will be made.

Qureshi is expected to hold a press conference later Wednesday to give details of his meeting with Kerry.

Meanwhile, Kerry is expected to later meet with Nawaz Sharif, the leader of the Pakistan Muslim League, whose party is in opposition to the ruling Pakistan Peoples Party but is in power in Punjab province, where Davis is being held in prison.  Nawaz's brother, Shahbaz Sharif, who is heading the Punjab government, will also be at the meeting.

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