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Pak civil, military leadership hold talks on Pakistan-US ties

Islamabad: Pakistan's top civil and military leadership today held a crucial meeting and discussed the country's troubled relations with the US ahead of a key Nato summit in Chicago that is expected to make important decisions about the endgame in Afghanistan.

President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani chaired the meeting that was attended by army chief Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Defence Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Finance Minister Abdul Hafeez Shaikh and top federal secretaries.

The leadership discussed the regional security situation and reviewed Pakistan's relations with the US and Nato.

The leadership discussed the regional security situation and reviewed Pakistan's relations with the US and NATO in the light of recommendations framed by a joint sitting of Parliament for resetting the ties, state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

The meeting assumes significance in view of the upcoming Nato Summit to be held in Chicago during May 20-21.

Uncertainty persists about Pakistan's participation in the summit that is expected to make important decisions about the way forward in Afghanistan.

Earlier in the day, Gilani held a separate meeting with the President and briefed him on his five-day official visit to Britain that concluded yesterday.

During an interaction with reporters on the sidelines of an official function, Gilani said Pakistan wants to settle all issues with the US and Nato "once and for all".

PTI

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