US ready to get back to business with Pak: Clinton

Last Updated: Thu, Feb 23, 2012 17:39 hrs
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London: The US is "ready to get back to business" with Pakistan after a diplomatic row following a cross-border NATO attack on Pakistani troops, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday.

Khar, who is on an official visit to the UK, today met Clinton on the sidelines of London Conference on Somalia to iron out differences between the two countries. According to reports Pakistan Ambassador to US Sherry Rehman was also present during the meeting.

"We respect parliament's right to ... take time to do this in a sensible way, but we had to get ready to get back into business with Pakistan" on bilateral counter terrorism issues including Afghanistan, a senior State Department official said Clinton told Khar, according to Washington Post.

The official said Clinton also told Khar that the administration wanted to resume high-level visits to Pakistan by aid officials and Marc Grossman, the top diplomatic envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Both the leaders discussed issues related to mutual interest.

Clinton's luncheon with Khar was among the few high-level contacts between the two countries since the November deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border US air raid from Afghanistan.



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