US-Afghan-Pak talks will be rescheduled in due course of time: Basit

February 13th, 2011 - 5:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Feb 13(ANI): Pakistan’s standoff with the United States over double murder-accused US official Raymond Davis’ detention will not thwart talks between them and Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Foreign Office has said.

The US has postponed a high-level trilateral meeting among the US, Pakistan and Afghanistan that was scheduled to take place on February 23-24 in Washington, in what seems to be a retaliation against the continued judicial remand of Davis in Lahore.

Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said he was confident that the trilateral talks would take place in due course of time.

“The trilateral talks will be rescheduled in due course of time,” The Nation quoted Basit, as saying.

“It is important the trilateral process continues. We hope whenever held, (talks) will yield maximum results for peace and stability,” he added.

The postponement is being seen as an American arm-twisting of Pakistan to release Davis, who has confessed to shooting dead two Pakistani men in Lahore, allegedly in ’self-defence’.

Basit, however, declined to comment on what the escalating diplomatic spat meant for the Davis case or for Pakistan’s relations with the United States.

While announcing the postponement of the trilateral meeting, US State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley had also said: “We look forward to convening a very productive Trilateral Meeting at the earliest opportunity.”

“We remain committed to robust engagement between Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the United States, as we share many issues of mutual concern and benefit from being at the same table,” he maintained. (ANI)

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