US ready to get back to business with Pak: Hillary

Khar, who is on an official visit to the UK, met Clinton on the sidelines of London Conference on Somalia.

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2012, 23:19 PM IST

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.

PTI