Pakistan on Friday welcomed the U.S. step to ease its travel advisory for the country, the Foreign Ministry said.

In a statement, the ministry said it is a step in the right direction and termed it “acknowledgement of improved security environment” in Pakistan.

“Pakistan has made resolute efforts to enhance security throughout the country. Significant improvement in the security environment has led the United Nations to redesignate Islamabad as a family station for its personnel,” the Ministry said.

On Friday, the U.S. Department of State said that security environment in Pakistan improved since 2014, after Pakistani security forces

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