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Pakistan, US hold talks over irritants in bilateral ties

Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs expressed concern over the drone attacks in Pakistani territory.

He also discussed bilateral relations and regional situation with the US officials in the context of the US support to India’s bid for the membership of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

The US delegation comprised among others, US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Richard Olson.

Pakistan’s foreign secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry and US Ambassador to Pakistan, David Hale were also present at the meeting.

Pakistan also raised the issue of Indian interference in Pakistan. The officials also shown evidence with regard to the arrested Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav to the US delegation.

Pakistani side expressed concern over the hurdles in F-16 fighter jets deal with Pakistan.

Sartaj Aziz expressed Pakistan’s reservations with regard to drone attacks in its territory. The foreign affairs advisor said that the drone attack in Balochistan has damaged the Afghanistan peace process. He also urged the US to clarify its policy with regard to the Afghan peace talks.

The US delegation, which has arrived Pakistan this morning, likely to defuse the situation and growing mistrust in bilateral ties following the US drone strike in Balochistan’s Naushki district, which killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour.

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