Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari, in a letter to Ambassador Sherry Rehman, has said the US apology for the Salala incident is a vindication of Pakistan's rightful stand and an acknowledgement of the inviolability of Pakistan's sovereignty.
Zardari appreciated the patience, perseverance and skilful handling of the Pak-U.S. negotiations by Rehman, which led to ending the stalemate over the tragic Salala incident, where a NATO air raid killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, reports The Nation.
Zardari said he is well aware of Rehman's relentless efforts in putting Pakistan's point of view across to the US administration.
He, however, said the job is not over yet and there are many challenges ahead, including resumption of the strategic dialogue between Pakistan and the US and taking it forward to a level, which may pave the way for greater economic interaction and regional stability.
He said the Pak-U.S. partnership should be one that is based on trust and respect and constant efforts needed to be made from both sides to make sure that for the greater good of the region this trust never wavers.
First Published: Tuesday, July 17, 2012, 13:26