Amidst reports of strains in US-Pakistan ties in view of incidents like NATO air strikes in areas bordering Afghanistan, American special envoy for the region, Richard Holbrooke, has acknowledged that the overall relationship between the two countries is complicated.
"The overall relationship with Pakistan is complicated, more complicated than any strategic relationship I have ever been involved in. But at the end of the day, success in Afghanistan, however you define success, is not achievable unless Pakistan is part of the solution, not part of the problem," he told ABC News.
"... we're going to work with the Pakistanis, at least as long I'm involved in this because I believe it's the right policy and I know that the administration does, too. That doesn't mean we're not without frustrations...." Holbrooke said when asked about a report in The Washington Post which said there is strain in relationship between the two countries.
On the current border situation, he said he does not believe that it is going to change the fundamental relationship between the two countries.
"There were apparently some events that crossed the border in an area which ... is complicated and very rough terrain," Holbrooke said.
"It was very unfortunate. And an investigation is going on in that by NATO as it should and the secretary-general of NATO has expressed his regret about it and I would echo that. But I do not think it will change the fundamentals of the relationship," he said.