US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. - File Photo.

KARACHI: US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has stated that it was difficult to win the war in Afghanistan without Pakistan’s assistance, DawnNews reported.

Panetta further said he was confident that the rift between Pakistan and the US would soon be resolved.

He said although relations between the two states were complicated but their importance could not be denied.

The defence secretary also said that Pakistan had assisted the United States in the Afghan war to a great extent.

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