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US-Pak ties: Zardari demands clear terms of engagement

The terms of engagement between the US and Pakistan in the war against terror should be clearly defined, so that conflicting positions and unilateral actions do not adversely impact ties, President Asif Ali Zardari has said.

world Updated: Aug 02, 2011 11:44 IST

The terms of engagement between the US and Pakistan in the war against terror should be clearly defined, so that conflicting positions and unilateral actions do not adversely impact ties, President Asif Ali Zardari has said.

The President made the remark during his meeting with US special representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, ambassador Marc Grossman, who called on him in Islamabad on Monday.

President's spokesperson Farhatullah Babar said Pakistan-US bilateral relations, the war against militants and the regional situation with special reference to Afghanistan, were discussed during the meeting.

Ties between Islamabad and Washington have been considerably strained following the May 2 killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad city. The raid by US commandos had been carried out without informing Pakistan, which left the establishment red faced.

Babar quoted Zardari as saying that in the absence of well defined and documented terms of engagements, wrong plugs may be pulled at the wrong times by any side, that could undermine the bilateral relations, Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

The President said that terms of engagement should be clearly defined and specified so that any dispute could be settled amicably through the available institutions.

Babar said the President also emphasised that a long term, sustainable and multi dimensional relationship with the US should be based on mutual interest, trust and mutual respect.

He said Pakistan had rendered unparalleled sacrifices in its struggle against terror and was determined to continue this fight till its logical conclusion.