ISLAMABAD: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday telephoned Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed the tension in Pak-US relations rose from the killing of Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in a US missile strike, media reported.
A missile strike on Thursday killed chief of banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in North Waziristan. Pakistan denounced the attack, saying that “it derailed planned peace talks with militants.”
Some Pakistani politicians have demanded that transit routes through Pakistan, used to supply NATO-led forces in Afghanistan, be cut in response.
Officials said in his telephonic conversation with the US Secretary of State, the PM clarified that missile strike has sabotaged Pakistani government’s planned peace talks with the militants, and that the Washington must assist Islamabad in combating terrorism.
John Kerry assured that his country respects Pakistan’s sovereignty and integrity. He underscored the need of Pak-US strong relations and vowed to support Islamabad in war against terrorism, officials said.
The United States on Monday admitted to “tensions” and occasional “misunderstandings” in its relations with Pakistan, and hoped that both the countries would continue working to repair their strained relationships.