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Pakistan, US to resume talks on drone strikes, mending fractured relationship
WASHINGTON (AP) ¯¯¯ Two generals turned spy chiefs plan to sit down for their first official meeting in Washington later this month and try to mend the fractured U.S.-Pakistani relationship.
A long-sought U.S. apology to Pakistan over a deadly border incident cleared the way to restart the counterterrorism talks. U.S. and Pakistani officials say Pakistan's spy chief, Lt. Gen. Zaheerul Islam, is to meet CIA Director David Petraeus at CIA headquarters in Virginia.
But neither side expects much progress.
Pakistani officials say Islam will demand CIA drone strikes stop, asking instead for the U.S. to feed drone-gathered intelligence to Pakistani jets and ground forces so they can target militants. U.S. officials say Pakistan has proved incapable or unwilling to target militants the U.S. considers dangerous, so the CIA drone campaign will continue.