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Pakistan Military Chief To Meet Senior U.S. Generals


Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

Pakistan Army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

Pakistani army chief General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani is expected to hold his first meeting with senior U.S. generals since NATO air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November last year near the Afghan border.

Officials said Kayani will meet on March 28 in Islamabad with U.S. Central Command chief General James Mattis, and the top commander in Afghanistan, General John Allen.

The meeting follows talks on March 27 in the South Korean capital, Seoul, between U.S. President Barack Obama and Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani.

Obama and Gilani pledged action to rescue the troubled U.S.-Pakistani alliance, which, in addition to the fatal air strikes in November, also came under severe strain after U.S. commandos entered Pakistan and killed Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden last May.

Pakistan condemned that raid as a violation of its sovereignty.

With reporting by AP and AFP
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