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Pakistan Says Army Chiefs Meeting With NATO, Afghan Commanders

February 08, 2012

Officials say Pakistan's military leadership is holding talks with NATO and Afghan commanders to improve coordination along the Afghan-Pakistani border.

The meeting is the latest bid to repair U.S.-Pakistani relations, which plummeted after a NATO air strike in November killed 24 Pakistani soldiers near the Afghan-Pakistani border.

Pakistan rejected a U.S. investigation into the incident, which concluded both sides made mistakes and blamed Pakistani troops for triggering the strike by firing at U.S. special forces.

Islamabad says the Pakistani Army's director-general of military operations, Major General Ishfaq Nadeem Ahmed, was attending the February 8 talks.

Last week, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabanni Khar visited Kabul and indicated that Islamabad could shortly reopen its Afghan border to NATO supplies, reversing a blockade imposed after the NATO strike.

Compiled from agency reports

 

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/pakistan_afghanistan_talks_nato_border/24477373.html

Copyright (c) 2012. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.



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