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Pakistan admits ties with U.S. remained tense in 2011

(Xinhua)

08:41, December 30, 2011

ISLAMABAD, Dec. 29 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan admitted on Thursday that its relations with the United States remained tense and experienced ups and down in 2011 due to some incidents including the U.S. military's unilateral raid to kill Osama bin Laden and the last month's U.S.-led NATO attack on border posts, killing 24 soldiers.

Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit, while giving a review of foreign relations during 2011, said that the killing of two nationals by an American official Raymond Davis in the city of Lahore in February also badly affected bilateral relationship.

Pakistani and the U.S. media had described Raymond Davis as undercover CIA agent, who was later freed after he reached an agreement to pay compensation to the families of the slain Pakistanis.

Refuting the impression that Pakistan and the United States are not on talking terms, the spokesman said, "we are on speaking terms with the U.S. and trying to put our relations back on track. "

The spokesman said that Parliamentary Committee on National Security is reviewing Pak-U.S. relations and Prime Minister Gilani has said that its recommendations would be presented to joint session of the parliament for final approval on the issue of revisiting the relations with the United States.

The spokesman said Pakistan wants good relations with the United States based on mutual respect and dignity, adding that there will be no compromise on national integrity and sovereignty.

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