US sends two liaison officers to Pak in hope of ending bilateral ties impasse

Last Updated: Fri, Jun 01, 2012 13:10 hrs

The United States has sent two liaison officers to Peshawar to meet with the Pakistan military on matters of border coordination, according to Pentagon spokesman Captain John F Kirby.

Kirby said there are no military trainers in Pakistan, but added liaison officers from the Regional Command East headquarters in Afghanistan did travel to Peshawar recently to meet with their Pakistan military counterparts to discus matters of border coordination.

This development is seen as a sign the two nations may be able to achieve some low-level military cooperation despite a string of confrontations that have left Washington's relations with Islamabad in crisis.

"Tactical and operational co-operation is getting better," The Express Tribune quoted Kirby, as saying.

Earlier reports had claimed that the US had sent a handful of military trainers back into Pakistan, but Kirby denied any such reports.

"The small number of trainers that were there earlier was at Pakistan's request," he said.

The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) also denied these reports.

According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) spokesperson, the report released by foreign media is "incorrect".

"It is not true. American trainers have not returned to Pakistan," a senior Pakistani military official said.

The number of American military instructors in Pakistan dropped to zero after an attack on the Salala check post killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November last years. (ANI)

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