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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James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...
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