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'US to reduce troops from Pak'

After the Government of Pakistan officially asked the US to reduce American troops from its soil, the Pentagon has started working on those reductions, its spokesman has said.

world Updated: May 26, 2011 08:07 IST

After the Government of Pakistan officially asked the US to reduce American troops from its soil, the Pentagon has started working on those reductions, its spokesman has said.

"We were recently (within past two weeks) notified in writing that the government of Pakistan wished for the US to reduce its footprint in Pakistan. Accordingly, we have begun those reductions," Colonel Dave Lapan, Pentagon spokesman said on Wednesday.

There are more than 200 US military personnel in Pakistan -- all assigned to the Office of the Defence Representative - Pakistan (ODR-P).

"The size of the US military presence is a function of the amount and type of training and equipping required to meet the Pakistani government's requests and requirements," Lapan said.