Islamabad: Top US-Pakistan military leaders held secret talks in the Gulf against the backdrop of a tense diplomatic standoff over the arrest of an American diplomat in Lahore.

 The day-long secret meeting was held at a luxury resort in Oman on Wednesday.

Pakistan Army Chief Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, who was also present, discussed regional security issues and explored new ways to better coordinate military operations in the meeting with the US military commanders. The US side included Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Gen David Petraeus, the commander of international forces in Afghanistan.

The Pakistani Army Chief called for better understanding of his country's military operations.

The secret meeting, planned several months ago, was the third such gathering of high-level US and Pakistani officials since August 2008 to discuss the war in Afghanistan.

Both sides gave operational updates and stressed on the need for better cross-border communication, information-sharing and physical infrastructure development, such as roads. No other details were provided.