US not considering military, economic aid cut for Pak over Raymond Davis standoff

February 23rd, 2011 - 3:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Washington, Feb 23 (ANI): The United States has said that it is building a strategic partnership with Pakistan, and wants to resolve the issue over its consular employee Raymond Davis, so that it does not affect their relations.Assistant Secretary of State Philip J. Crowley also said that the Obama administration was not considering curtailing any military or economic assistance to Pakistan.

He further insisted that Davis, an American national who murdered two Pakistani citizens in Lahore last month, has diplomatic immunity and should be released under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

“We’re building a strategic partnership with Pakistan. It’s important to the future of the region. It’s also important to the security of the United States,” the Daily Times quoted Crowley, as saying.

Pakistan has made it clear that Davis’ case will be decided by the judiciary, and applicability of international and national laws will be taken into account.

Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani had earlier said that his government would never compromise on the country’s sovereignty.

“We are a responsible government and conscious of the sentiments of our people,” Gilani had said. (ANI)

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