US, Pakistani Generals to Hold First Talks Since November Missile Strike

Posted March 28th, 2012 at 4:45 am (UTC-5)
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Pakistan's army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani is to hold his first meeting with U.S. commanders since the November airstrike on a border post killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Pakistani officials say he will meet with General James Mattis and General James Allen outside Islamabad. Wednesday's talks are likely to focus on the November missile strike, which put a major strain on U.S.-Pakistani ties.

U.S. officials say the bombing was an accident while many Pakistani say it was deliberate and demand an apology.

Pakistan shut down its ground supply lines top NATO forces in Afghanistan and thousands marched Tuesday in Islamabad demanding the supply lines stay closed. Pakistan's parliament is also meeting to review U.S. relations.

U.S. President Barack Obama met Tuesday with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani during the nuclear summit in Seoul.

Mr. Obama said he recognizes the frayed relations with Pakistan, while Mr. Gilani said he is committed to fighting terrorism and for peace and stability in Afghanistan.