U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates made an unannounced trip to Pakistan on Thursday.
Gates, on his first visit to Pakistan since U.S. President Barack Obama took office last year, told reporters he will also raise "thorny issues" on the two-day trip, including manifestations of anti-Americanism that include "problems with our visas.
Gates, who is due to meet military and political leaders on his two-day visit, said he would explain the Afghan strategy.
Pakistan's ambassador to the United States attributed the delay in part to bureaucratic inefficiency, coupled with an "exponential" growth in the number of Americans in Pakistan. He said there was no intentional effort to delay issuing visas.
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Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Ocak 2010, 10:46