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U.S. Attempts To Ease Tension With Pakistan, Views Differ On Next Steps

November 28, 2011 by  

U.S. Attempts To Ease Tension With Pakistan, Views Differ On Next Steps

The U.S. has made several attempts to repair relations with Pakistan following an event that left 24 soldiers from the Asian country dead, but some American officials have suggested a tougher approach, Fox News reported.

“We have had soft diplomacy with them for a long time, giving them aid with no conditions whatsoever. We’ve got to stop that,” retired Gen. Jack Keane told the news outlet. “And that’s the reality of that — maintain the relationship and change the conditions of that relationship so that when we provide them support there’s conditions that go along with that, and we want certain things back for that.”

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have already offered their condolences to Pakistan over the incident, which resulted from an alleged NATO drone firing on the troops, according to Fox News.

The Associated Press reported that Pakistan has alleged that their military commanders pleaded with coalition forces to halt the airstrikes, which lasted up to two hours.

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