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Pakistan Tells CIA Chief It Sticks To U.S. Troop Cuts

Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (left) meeting in 2009 with CIA chief Leon Panetta in Islamabad.
Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani (left) meeting in 2009 with CIA chief Leon Panetta in Islamabad.
Pakistan has suggested it will not reverse a decision to cut the number of U.S. personnel allowed in the country.

The message was relayed by Pakistan's army and intelligence chiefs to CIA Director Leon Panetta, who was in Islamabad for talks.

The visit was Panetta's first to Pakistan since a secret U.S. raid in that country in May that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and severely damaged ties between the allies.

Pakistan's army announced recently that it was cutting the number of U.S. intelligence  allowed in the country and limiting intelligence sharing with the United States.

Panetta was chosen by President Barack Obama to take over as U.S. defense secretary in July, following the departure of Robert Gates.

During his visit to Pakistan, Panetta was warned Pakistani intelligence officials against colluding or otherwise cooperating with militants seeking to stage attacks in neighboring Afghanistan, according to "The New York Times."

Two explosions killed dozens of people in Peshawar at around the same time Panetta and Afghan President Hamid Karzai were visiting the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, about 150 kilometers away.

compiled from Reuters and other agency reports

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