12 Feb '11, 8pm

US postpones talks with Afghanistan, Pakistan

WASHINGTON - High-level talks between the United States, Afghanistan and Pakistan due later this month have been postponed, the State Department said Saturday in the latest sign of strained US ties with Islamabad. The trilateral annual talks, in which ministers and other top officials outline progress on issues such as the war in Afghanistan and the campaign against extremism, had been scheduled for February 23-24 in Washington. "In light of the political changes in Pakistan and after discussions with Afghan and Pakistani officials in Washington, it was agreed to postpone the Trilateral Meeting," State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said in a statement. "We look forward to convening a very productive Trilateral Meeting at the earliest opportunity," he said, adding that Washington remains "committed to robust engagement between Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United Stat...

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