Pakistan-US ties: Sherry Rehman meets Clinton

January 12th, 2012 - 1:50 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Jan 12 (IANS) Pakistan’s new ambassador to America Sherry Rehman has discussed Islamabad’s troubled ties with Washington at a meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The hour-long meeting was held Wednesday at US state department.

Both sides hoped that bilateral ties would see better days Geo News reported.

The last year saw a significant deterioration in US-Pakistan ties. In February, Raymond Davis, an undercover CIA agent, was arrested in Lahore for shooting two Pakistani nationals. Thereafter, Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed May 2 by US commandos who swooped on his Abbottabad hideout without informing the Pakistani military.

A secret memo to Washington said that President Asif Ali Zardari had feared a military coup, leading to Husain Haqqani stepping down as Pakistan’s envoy in Washington. Former minister Sherry Rehman was then appointed the new envoy to the US.

Even before the dust could settle down on all these controversies, a major NATO attack on two Pakistani checkposts worsened the ties. As many as 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed and 15 injured when NATO helicopters from Afghanistan attacked border checkposts Nov 26 in Mohmand agency in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

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