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`US working with Pak to tackle ties’

Noting that America`s relationship with Pakistan has many challenges, a top US official has said Washington is working with Islamabad to address them.



Washington: Noting that America`s
relationship with Pakistan has many challenges, a top US
official has said Washington is working with Islamabad to
address them.

"I`ll just say that we`ve been consistent in saying
that our relationship with Pakistan has many challenges, but
it`s also in both our countries` long-term national security
interest, and we`ve also shared many successes," State
Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters yesterday.

"As the (US) President and Secretary (of State,
Hillary) Clinton have said, there`s been more terrorists
killed and captured in Pakistan then anywhere in the world,
and that couldn`t have been done without Pakistan`s
cooperation," he said.

The US is taking steps to address those challenges as
reflected by the high-profile visits by top US officials to
Islamabad in recent past, he said.

"We`ve had a series of visits, trips to Pakistan,
rather, by senior government officials, including Secretary
Clinton. Each of them have pledged our commitment to work
through these challenges with Pakistan and move the
relationship forward," he said.

PTI

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