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US delegation in Pakistan to discuss drone strike that killed Taliban chief

Islamabad : A high-level US delegation on Friday arrived in Islamabad to discuss the recent drone strike on Pakistani territory which killed Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor.

Senior U.S. officials, including Senior Director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the U.S. National Security Council Dr. Peter Lavoy and Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Olson, are part of the U.S. delegation, reports the Express Tribune.

The officials will hold talks with Pakistani authorities to discuss the situation which the latter called breaching its sovereignty arising out of the May 21 drone strike that killed Taliban chief Mansoor and his driver.

Islamabad is expected to be tough on its stand in conveying its concerns over the drone strike as well as the growing defence cooperation between the U.S. and India.

Following the incident, Sartaj said the U.S. had sabotaged the Afghan reconciliation process by killing Mansoor.

On Thursday, he said that relations between Islamabad and Washington.

“Relations between Pakistan and the U.S. need to be reassessed,” Express Tribune quoted Aziz as saying at a news conference.

Speaking on its souring between the two countries in wake of the recent drone strike, the adviser conceded that Washington “abandons us when it doesn’t need our help.”

“This has been happening for the last 60 years. The US approaches Pakistan whenever it needs our help but abandons us when its objectives are achieved,” he added. (ANI)