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PROGRESS IN PAKISTAN

U.S.-Pakistani relations may be on the mend with Washington’s pledge of $110 million in security aid this week.

Ambassador Cameron Munter signed the agreement Monday with Waqar Masood, Pakistan’s secretary for economic affairs, and later met with Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.

The agreement followed a decision by Pakistan’s parliament to consider reopening two NATO supply lines for troops in Afghanistan. Pakistan closed the supply routes after a NATO airstrike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November. A final decision is expected from Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

After the signing ceremony, Mr. Munter said the United States is “ready to engage in all issues concerning Pakistan.”

Some observers speculated that he was hinting that the Obama administration is preparing to apologize for the airstrike.

The aid will help support border security, anti-drug campaigns and other security issues.

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