WASHINGTON: A White House official has said that US President Barack Obama reaffirmed the reset of US-Pakistan relations in a meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari that took place on the sidelines of the Nato Summit that took place on May 20, 21, 2012.
White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, in a press conference at the National Press Club, said that both the US and Pakistan want to see the Nato supply routes reopened.
“We are committed to seeing it reopened,” he said that the US has been respectful of the parliamentary review process in Pakistan.
Rhodes said that the brief trilateral meeting between the leaders of US, Pakistan and Afghanistan focused on Afghanistan, and that they wanted Pakistan to be part of the discussion.
He said that Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani had also made statements earlier on supporting an Afghan-led reconciliation.
When asked if the US would ever apologise over the Salala incident, Rhodes reiterated the US stance that they deeply regret the incident. “We believe there is a basis to move forward.”
He added that there was a need to be in better communication on the border, to ensure an incident like this doesn’t happen again.
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