|dethalternate||Date: Wednesday, 18-January-2012, 4:04 PM | Message # 1|
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|Pakistan has rejected US special envoy Marc Grossman's request to visit the country, a senior official said on Wednesday, highlighting the increased tensions between the uneasy allies. |
He did not elaborate on the reasons. "Ambassador Grossman asked to visit Pakistan but we
conveyed to him that it was not possible at the moment," a senior government official, who declined to be named, told Reuters.
Relations between Islamabad and Washington are at the lowest point in years, dragged down by a NATO cross-border air attack which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers on November 26.
The growing tension threatens to set back peace efforts in neighbouring Afghanistan, where the United States is gradually withdrawing troops after a decade of war.
Pakistan's cooperation is regarded as crucial, because of its long history of association with militant groups, to efforts to persuade the Taliban to join negotiations.
Grossman, US Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan, is due to visit Afghanistan and Qatar this week, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said last Wednesday.
Full article/source - http://www.hindustantimes.com/world-n....73.aspx