US Warns Pakistan About Curbs on Diplomat Travel

By MATTHEW LEE | August 1, 2011 | 3:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has warned the Pakistani government that its diplomats in the U.S. could be hit with travel restrictions similar to those recently imposed on American diplomats in Pakistan unless Pakistan lifts its restrictions.

U.S. officials said Monday that Pakistan had been told the Obama administration would consider reciprocal steps to retaliate if the restrictions are not rescinded. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity due to the delicacy of the matter. Pakistan's foreign ministry last month issued rules forcing American diplomats to get special permission five days in advance to leave the capital of Islamabad.

The State Department declined to comment on the warning but said it was hopeful that the spat over the matter, the latest irritant in already tense U.S.-Pakistani relations, could be resolved quickly.