Pak views Khar-Clinton meet as positive

Pak views Khar-Clinton meet as positive

By: || Updated: 01 Jan 1970 12:00 AM


Islamabad:
Pakistan on Friday described the meeting between foreign minister Hina
Rabbani Khar and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in London as
"positive and constructive".




The Khar-Clinton's meeting on Thursday came as relations between the two
allies are strained on a variety of issues, especially since last year's
killing of Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden at his hideout deep inside
Pakistan and Nato strikes at two border checkposts killing 24 Pakistani
soldiers.




The meeting was held on the sidelines of an international conference on
Somalia, convened by British Prime Minister David Cameron, Xinhua
reported.




Addressing a weekly press briefing, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman
Abdul Basit on Friday said: "You will agree with me that Pakistan-US
relations are important and we are trying to make these relations
transparent and predictable."




"We are waiting for the completion of our parliamentary process. We will
proceed further in the light of parliamentary guidelines," the spokesman
said, referring to the review of future relationship with the US.




Asked about reports that Clinton informed Khar about commencement of drone
strikes in Pakistan, Basit said Pakistan believes that the US drone
strikes were unlawful and unacceptable and "these strikes hamper
counter-terrorism efforts and realisation of shared objectives".




"We have been raising this issue with the US bilaterally. We have not yet
taken a decision in this regard," the spokesman said.



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