ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Two U.S. generals met with Pakistan’s army chief on Wednesday for high-stakes talks aimed at nudging Islamabad to resume a cooperative relationship with the United States.
It was the first formal discussion among top military commanders from both countries since U.S. airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers along the Afghan border in a hotly disputed incident in November.
Tensions have eased in recent weeks, after outreach by the Obama administration. On Tuesday, President Obama made a personal overture toward normalizing what he called the sometimes strained alliance, meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Seoul, where both leaders were attending a nuclear security summit.
The Nov. 26 border airstrikes intensified public opposition to any continued Pakistani support for the U.S.-led effort to defeat a Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.
On Wednesday, Pakistan’s powerful army chief, Gen. Ashfaq Kayani, convened talks in the city of Rawalpindi with Gen. James Mattis, who oversees U.S. military operations in the region, and Gen. John Allen, commander of the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan.