High-level talks on ending a diplomatic deadlock between the United States and Pakistan have ended in failure over Pakistan’s demands for an apology from the United States, The New York Times reported on Saturday.
The newspaper said US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Marc Grossman, left Islamabad on Friday night with no agreement. The departure followed two days of discussions aimed at patching up the damage caused by a US air strike last November at the Salala checkpost that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, the report said. The United States refuses to apologise for the strike.
The incident damaged the precarious US-Pakistani partnership and provoked outrage in Islamabad, which has retaliated by cutting off Nato supply routes to Afghanistan.
The United States and Pakistan disagree about the precise sequence of events in the deadliest single cross-border attack of the 10-year war in Afghanistan. Pakistan denies shooting first, and has accused the Americans of an intentional attack on its troops.