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Pakistan says willing to discuss alternatives to U.S. drone strikes

(Xinhua)

09:36, May 04, 2012

ISLAMABAD, May 3 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan said on Thursday that it is willing to look at alternatives to the U.S. drone attacks, which are illegal and totally unacceptable.

"We are open to new ideas and suggestions," said Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Ahmad Khan.

The U.S. regularly fires missiles into Pakistani tribal regions, saying the strikes are aimed at eliminating al-Qaida and Taliban militants operating from there.

"We have repeatedly said that we regard drone attacks as illegal, counter-productive, violative of our sovereignty and territorial integrity and, therefore, totally unacceptable," the Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman said at a weekly press briefing.

"We have always been condemning drone attacks and our policy on drones is very clear," he said.

He said there are issues remain to be resolved between Pakistan and the U.S. and that there is also the will at both sides to improve the relations.

The spokesman said here is need to resolve all the issues with the U.S., saying there has been interaction between Pakistan and the United States at various levels to resolve the issues through mutually beneficial and mutually acceptable manner.

He said Pakistan-U.S. relations are being discussed in accordance with last month's recommendations of the parliament and everything will be decided in the context of the guidelines, given by the parliament on Pakistan-U.S. relations and NATO supply.

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