U.S. senators defended on Friday American drone aircraft strikes in Pakistani soil as the country says "officially objects to the drone attacks" that violate its sovereignty.
The subject of drones was raised when a delegation of U.S. senators led by McCain met Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari on Thursday.
The delegation also met Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani, as well as army chief general Ashfaq Kayani. He is the most important official because the military makes security decisions and effectively sets foreign policy.
The use of drone strikes against suspected fighters in Pakistani soil is an effective part of US strategy and should continue, Republican Senator John McCain said Thursday.
"The drone strikes are part of an overall set of tactics which make up the strategy for victory and they have been very effective," McCain told reporters during a brief trip to Afghanistan.
"Very frankly, I think it would have to be done in coordination and in agreement with the Pakistani government and military," he said.
"I think it should continue, I think it's an important tool in our overall strategy and we can claim measurable success in carrying out those operations."
Asked if he would support U.S. ground operations on Pakistani soil, McCain said said he had never been briefed that that was under consideration.
Over hundreds of US visa applications, "It's a point of friction. We would like to see it resolved. We would like to see the visas granted that are necessary for our embassy to do our job," said McCain.
Pakistan has pushed Washington to provide it with the drones to allow it to carry out its own attacks. US attacks killed hundreds of people in the region.
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