State Department clarifies no timeline set for ending drone strikes in Pak

Islamabad, Aug. 3 (ANI): Though the United States and Pakistan have agreed to re-establish a "full partnership" in the hope of ending years of acrimony over American drone strikes on Pakistani soil, the State Department has, however, said there is no exact timeline set for stopping such attacks.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said Washington has achieved significant progress against al Qaeda by using drones as counter-terrorism tools, but added that their use will be reduced according to the situation prevailing and evolving in Pakistan.

She said talks on the way forward between Washington and Islamabad would continue, and a timeline to end drone strikes in Pakistan would be determined after consultation between the two governments.

The Daily Times further quoted Harf, as saying that the United States is looking forward to working with Islamabad bilaterally and on regional issues, and added that this was one of the main reasons for Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to that country. (ANI)


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