Top U.S. and Pakistani military officials will hold face-to-face meetings in Islamabad on Wednesday, the first high-level talks since NATO airstrikes killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers, souring relations between the two countries.
Gen. James Mattis, commander of the U.S. Central Command, and Gen. John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, will meet with Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the chief of staff of the Pakistani Army, according to a statement from the Pakistani military.
The meeting will focus on the inquiry into the airstrikes on November 26, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on the Pakistani-Afghan border. U.S. and Pakistani officials have disagreed about the causes and circumstances of the episode.
In South Korea on Tuesday, President Barack Obama met with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani for the first time since the soldiers' deaths.
Obama expressed hope that the United States and Pakistan could arrive at a "balanced approach" to relations in the aftermath of the airstrikes.FULL STORY