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`Pak, US trying to put their relationship back on on track`

There is desire on both sides to resolve these issues, Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan told a weekly news briefing.



Islamabad: Pakistan and the US are trying to put their relationship back on track after a cross-border NATO air strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November derailed their difficult and complicated ties, Foreign Office said on Thursday.

There is desire on both sides to resolve these issues, Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan told a weekly news briefing.

Pakistan and the US know their relationship is important and critical for the stability and prosperity of the region, Khan said, days after the Pentagon said it has withdrawn negotiators from Pakistan following failure of talks to reopen vital NATO supply routes into Afghanistan.

The two sides were discussing several issues in light of recommendations from Pakistan`s parliament for resetting ties with the US, he added.

These issues had become complicated after a cross-border NATO air strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November and both sides were trying to put their relationship back on track, Khan said.

Following the NATO attack, Pakistan closed supply lines for foreign troops in Afghanistan.
Islamabad and Washington have been unable to agree on a deal to reopen the supply routes, largely due to Pakistan’s insistence on an apology for the NATO air strike and differences on fees to be paid for supplies sent through Pakistani territory.

Asked about the issue of fees to be levied on NATO supplies, Khan said he would not go into specifics but there were other bigger issues besides the supply routes that were being discussed.

When Khan`s attention was drawn to US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta`s statements about militant safe havens in Pakistan`s tribal belt, the spokesman said Islamabad had repeatedly said it was fighting terrorism and extremism in its own national interest.
Pakistan has made it clear that it would not allow any sanctuary or save havens and not allow its territory to be used against another country, he said.

Similarly, Pakistan expects other countries will not allow their soil to be used against it, Khan said.

PTI

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