Washington: The military to military relationship between the United States and Pakistan is on its road to recovery, a top Pentagon official has said, a day after senior US commanders met with their Pakistani counterparts.
Asserting that he was encouraged by the meeting, General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the US military's Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the military to military relationship between the two countries is on its road to recovery.
However, there may be bumps in the road, he told reporters, hoping that some key issues between the two countries could be resolved before the NATO summit in Chicago in May.
Dempsey said that he has seen the "CliffsNotes" version of the meeting between the US Central Command commander, Marine Corps General James Mattis, the commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force, Marine Corps General John Allen, and Pakistani Army General Parvez Ashfaq Kayani in Islamabad on Wednesday.
This was the highest level of military to military leadership meeting between the two countries after the November 26 cross-border fire that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
"There will be some things both of us want to resolve before the NATO Summit in May. One of these issues is the opening the ground lines of communication through Pakistan to Afghanistan," Dempsey said.
The closure of the supply route, Dempsey said, according to American Forces Press Service, has affected not only the US, but also the other countries helping Afghanistan.
Reopening of the supply routes, will help solve the physics problem the coalition faces as it begins withdrawing troops and equipment, Dempsey said.