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Sunday
May152011

Sen. John Kerry Has Preliminary Meeting with Pakistan Army Chief

ABC News(KABUL, Afghanistan) -- U.S. Senator John Kerry, D-Mass., has warned that the relationship between the United States and Pakistan is currently at a “critical moment.”

Kerry, who is in Afghanistan, met with top U.S. and Afghan officials on Sunday and following those meetings the Massachusetts senator said that he has deep reservations about “whether or not Pakistan is committed to the same goals or are prepared to be a full partner in pursuing those goals.”

The relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. was hit by turbulence following the killing of Osama bin Laden by Navy SEALs in Pakistan on May 1. Pakistan was not informed about the raid until it was completed, and some have questioned whether Pakistani officials knew that the world’s most wanted man was hiding out in the city of Abbottabad. Pakistani officials claim they were not aware that bin Laden was hiding out in the city, in a mansion located near a top Pakistan military academy.

On Sunday Kerry also met with the head of Pakistan’s army for approximately 30 minutes in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. A senior Pakistani military official said that during the meeting Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani told Senator Kerry about the “great resentment” the Pakistan army had with the raid in which bin Laden was killed. It is not clear exactly how Kerry responded to Kayani’s statements. U.S. officials were not immediately available to comment on how the meeting went.

Kerry, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, is scheduled to have more extensive meetings with Kayani on Monday, with Pakistan’s president and prime minister also expected to be in attendance.

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