Pakistani Intelligence Chief Set for CIA Talks

Posted July 14th, 2011 at 7:05 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan's intelligence chief is visiting Washington for talks with U.S. officials, days after the United States decided to suspend $800 million in aid to Pakistan.

Ahmad Shuja Pasha is expected to meet with acting CIA Director Michael Morell and other officials. The Pakistani military says the talks will be to coordinate intelligence matters.

The visit follows meetings Wednesday in Pakistan between the top U.S. commander for troops in the region, General James Mattis, and Pakistani military officials, including army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani expressed concern Wednesday about the U.S. decision to suspend one-third of its annual military aid to his country. Mr. Gilani said that while the fight against militants on Pakistani territory is Pakistan's war, the country's efforts are benefiting the whole world.

Relations between the two sides have been strained since the covert U.S. raid deep into Pakistani territory that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden on May 2.

A Pentagon spokesman said earlier this week the decision to withhold a third of its military aid to Pakistan is in response to Islamabad's decision to expel American military trainers and put limits on visas for U.S. personnel.