US not briefed on peace deal details: Casey

May 30th, 2008 - 4:21 pm ICT by admin  

Washington , May 30 (ANI): Pakistan had given a broad outline of its talks with the militants, but has not shared details of any agreement it might have reached, a US State Department spokesman told reporters here.

My understanding is that the government has been in a number of conversations, but therere no specific agreements that we, at least, have been briefed on, said US Deputy Spokesman Tom Casey.

Meanwhile, General David Petraeus, commander of the multi-national force in Iraq , arrived at the Pakistan Embassy in Washington for a surprise meeting with Ambassador-designate Hussain Huqqani.

General Petraeus, who awaits his confirmation as the new head of the US Central Command, warned last week that if theres another 9-11-style attack on the United States , it would originate in Pakistan .

He also told the Senate Armed Services Committee that if confirmed Pakistan would be the first country he would visit to assess its desire and capability to fight terrorism.

As the Centcom head, Gen Petraeus will be responsible for US military activities in the great Middle East, which also includes Pakistan , the Dawn reported.

Talking to reporters after the talks, Ambassador Huqqani said he reaffirmed Pakistans desire to have a multi-faceted and long-term relationship with the US .

US and Afghan officials have reacted cautiously to Islamabad s peace moves, saying it could result in stepped up violence in Afghanistan .

Pakistan , however, points out that a peace agreement it signed with the militants in Swat ended months of fighting between troops and followers of Maulana Fazlullah, who was campaigning for the introduction of Sharia in the valley.

Under the terms of the deal signed on May 21, the government agreed to gradually pull out troops and introduce an Islamic justice system, while the rebels said they would halt attacks and surrender arms.

Until now, the United States has withheld judgment on the deal. (ANI)

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