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U.S. Endorses Ties Based On 'Mutual Respect' With Pakistan

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari (left) with U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington (file photo)
The U.S. State Department says it supports calls by Pakistani lawmakers for "mutual respect" between the two countries.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said the bilateral relationship has always been based on "mutual respect and common interests."

But Nuland said the United States would not comment in-depth on the long-awaited Pakistani report on U.S. relations until it comes up for debate in parliament next week.

Earlier on March 20, a Pakistani parliamentary commission set up to review relations with Washington called for an end to U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan and an unconditional apology for a November 2011 NATO strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

That incident and other issues -- including the U.S. discovery that Osama bin Laden was sheltering in Pakistan and the subsequent U.S. operation to kill him in May 2011 -- led to a sharp deterioration in relations between the two countries.

With AFP, Reuters, and AP reporting