US, Pak agree to restart strategic dialogue: Kerry
Islamabad: US Secretary of State John Kerry agreed with Pakistani officials on Thursday to restart strategic talks after relations deteriorated sharply following a 2011 NATO air attack in which 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed.
Speaking alongside Sartaj Aziz, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's advisor on foreign affairs, Kerry told reporters the two sides were serious about overcoming past irritants.
As for the future of US-led troops in neighbouring Afghanistan, Kerry said: "We are drawing down, not withdrawing." He said he was confident the United States would reach agreement on future troop levels with Afghanistan in a timely way.
Aziz said Pakistan wanted the United States to end drone strikes aimed at militants on its territory. "Drone attacks are counterproductive to our relationship," he said.
Expressing serious concern over the ongoing protests in Andhra Pradesh, following the nod for the creation of a separate Telangana State, the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader D Raja said that the Centre must address the genuine concerns of the people and assure them that their interests will be duly protected.
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