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Working hard to keep open channels with Pak: US

Last Updated: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 09:03

Washington: The US has said it is working
hard to keep open channels and get back to work with Pakistan, as Islamabad continued to block the crucial NATO supply routes and announced to strengthen its air defence system on the
Af-Pak border.

"This relationship is complicated. But it`s also essential
to both the United States and Pakistan. We are working very
hard to keep open channels and to get back to work together,"
State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters
at a news conference yesterday.

The US officials have been in constant contact with their
counterparts in Pakistan, the latest being the meeting between the US Ambassador to Pakistan, Cameron Munter with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

"We are continuing our intensive engagement including
through the recent meeting between Ambassador Munter and
Foreign Minister Khar. Obviously we are both trying to roll up
our sleeves and get back to work together," Nuland said.

"With regard to what might emerge from any internal
review, I would refer you to the government of Pakistan on
that. We are obviously making very clear that we think we have
hard work to do together and we need to get back to it as
quickly as we can," she said.

Nuland said there is no reason to believe that the Dubai
visit of Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has anything to
do other than his health issue. "We wish him a speedy recovery
and a speedy return back to his country," she said.

"We believe that this relationship, while complicated, is
essential to both of us. So, we`re going to continue to work
on it," the US official added.


First Published: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 09:03

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