WASHINGTON - The Obama administration is waiting for the Pakistani parliament to complete the review of its ties with the US to address some of Islamabad’s concerns, a US official said on Friday.
“We are waiting for the end of this Pakistani parliamentary review. So obviously, once that has occurred, we’ll be able to hopefully address some of their concerns and move forward,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference.
Responding to questions on the meeting between US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Toner said the two leaders shared a good chemistry. “I think they have a very good chemistry. They’ve obviously met several times now and as we’ve said many times, it’s a very complex and wide-ranging relationship so there’s always a great deal to discuss.
“And obviously, given the events of the past month or so, that there’s a lot to address and also the need for us to try to look forward in the relationship,” he said.
Clinton and Khar had a very positive meeting in London.
“I think the key message to carry out of that was that it was a very positive meeting, constructive, and it was about looking forward,” he said.
“Obviously, recognition of the challenges to the relationship, the recent challenges being, of course, the November 24 incident, but also the need that we need to move beyond that, and the ways that we can collaborate with Pakistan moving forward and in essence, reinvigorate the relationship,” he said.