File photo shows Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (left) with US President Barack Obama.—File Photo

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari congratulated his US counterpart Barack Obama on his re-election Wednesday, saying he was confident their countries’ relations would “continue to prosper”.

“President Asif Ali Zardari has warmly felicitated President Barack Obama on his reelection as the President of the United States of America,” a statement from the Foreign Ministry said.

“The President expressed the hope that the relationship between Pakistan and the US would continue to prosper during President Obama’s new term in office.”

Pakistan is a key US ally in the “war on terror” but ties with Washington over the past two years have been fraught.

The fractious friends lurched from crisis to crisis in 2011, first over a CIA contractor who shot dead two people in the eastern city of Lahore, then over the US raid that found and killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, and finally over botched air strikes that killed 24 Pakistani border guards at a checkpost at Salala.

Islamabad and Washington have been seeking to improve their relationship in recent months, with Pakistan reopening the Nato supply route to Afghanistan which it closed for six months in protest at the US air raid.

“The President expressed the hope that the relationship between Pakistan and the US would continue to prosper during President Obama’s new term in office,” the statement said.

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