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Pakistan, U.S. resume talks after 5-month deadlock

(Xinhuanet.com)

09:09, April 27, 2012

ISLAMABAD, April 26 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan and the United States on Thursday resumed bilateral formal talks in Islamabad after a 5-month deadlock over the November NATO airstrike on Pakistani border posts, killing 24 soldiers.

Relationship between the two allies had been at lowest ebb after the NATO raid and Pakistani parliament approved new guidelines for relations with the United States and its NATO allies.

U.S. Special Envoy for Pakistan and Afghanistan Marc Grossman held talks with Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar and both stressed the need for ties on the basis of mutual respect to each other sovereignty.

Expressing regret and sorrow over NATO raid, he again offered condolence on behalf of the United States on the incident in which personnel of Pakistan's armed forces were targeted in an aerial attack.

He said efforts will be made that such incidents do not happen in future as both Pakistan and the United States are partners in the war against terror as they have common enemy and need common strategy to fight this menace.

"Washington respects the Pakistani parliamentary review on new contours of relations and the seriousness with which it was carried out," the U.S. envoy said at a joint press briefing along with Pakistan's Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani. Both sides discussed bilateral relations and regional security.

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