WASHINGTON: The Obama administration has decided to ease tensions with Pakistan by sending two top-level American officials to Islamabad in the coming days to hold talks.
According to details, the Obama administration has decided to send a senior adviser to the US President and US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson to Pakistan.
Olson is due to arrive in Pakistan tomorrow, where he will hold talks with the civil and military leadership on a range of topics including Pak-USA relations and regional issues.
Sources disclosed that the Obama administration was concerned due to the recent downslide in relations between Pakistan and the United States. Top-level sources also disclosed that the American officials will hold a meeting tomorrow with Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif, Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz and Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security, Nasir Khan Janjua.
Talks will most likely focus on how to take steps to ensure lasting stability in Afghanistan and to promote regional harmony.
Sources have also disclosed that a meeting between the American delegation and PM Nawaz’s daughter Maryam Nawaz is also on the cards.
Relations between the United States and Pakistan took a turn for the worse after the May 21 American drone strike in which Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed. Pakistan termed the drone strike as an attack on its sovereignty and claimed that the Afghan reconciliation process had been negatively affected due to the attack.