Report: Visas issued to CIA personnel

July 19, 2011 at 12:44 AM
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WASHINGTON, July 19 (UPI) -- U.S. Central Intelligence Agency personnel levels in Pakistan are back to pre-January level numbers with the issuance of 87 visas, sources told Dawn newspaper.

All 87 visas to the CIA personnel have been issued as part of an understanding to renew cooperation between the CIA and Pakistan's Directorate of Inter-Services Intelligence or ISI, the Pakistani newspaper reported Tuesday, quoting the official sources.

The new understanding was reached last week when ISI Chief Lt. Gen. Ahmed Shuja Pasha visited Washington, the report said.

Dawn quoted a Washington Post report that relations between the two agencies had been improving about two months before the meeting between Pasha and acting CIA Director Michael Morell, and that the Pakistani government had approved the 87 visas.

Dawn quoted the official sources as saying all the visas have already been issued, bringing CIA personnel numbers in Pakistan to what they were prior to January, when bilateral relations worsened with the arrest of CIA contractor Raymond Davis in the deaths of two Pakistani citizens. Davis was later released by Pakistani courts.

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