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US, Pakistan trying to rebuild ties

Published Oct 03, 2012 12:08am


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Victoria Nuland—Reuters Photo
US State department’s spokesperson Victoria Nuland. —Reuters Photo

WASHINGTON: The United States and Pakistan are trying to get their relationship back on track, said the US State Department while commenting on recent meetings between leaders of the two countries.

The department’s spokesperson Victoria Nuland told a briefing in Washington that the United States was also helping Pakistan and Afghanistan in resolving their border disputes.

“We are making progress to get our relationship with Pakistan back on track, and I think that was evident when Foreign Minister Khar was here and after the meeting with President Zardari as well,” she said.

US Secretary of State Hillary met President Asif Ali Zardari in New York last week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. She also had an important meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar in Washington before going to New York.

Responding to a question, the State Department spokesperson said the United States was encouraging Afghanistan and Pakistan to work together to resolve their border disputes.

And they were also working with the US-backed international forces in Afghanistan and “with us to try to end incidents on both sides of the border and incidents across the border”, she said.

In their speeches to the UN General Assembly, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his foreign minister warned that their relations with Pakistan could get worse if Islamabad did not stop cross-border firing into Afghanistan.

Pakistan denied the charge and said it only fired at militants trying to sneak into Pakistan to attack Pakistani troops and civilians.


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ISA Oct 03, 2012 12:40pm
When we try to improve our relations with Russia, America wants to rebuild the relations with us. U.S realised the importance of Pakistan now. Pakistan should enter into a military alliance with China and Russia. Then the whole world will be afried of Pakistan
Cyrus Howell Oct 03, 2012 08:49am
Pakistan had a choice between bin Laden and the United States. Nothing will ever make that right with the American people.