John Kerry to visit Pakistan to mend ties

Pakistan on Wednesday said that US Secretary of State John Kerry would visit Islamabad soon to mend ties following the killing of Taliban chief Mullah Mansour in a drone strike in May.

Kerry met Pakistan Foreign Affairs Adviser Sartaj Aziz on the sidelines of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Ministerial Meeting in Vientiane in Laos.

Kerry said that the US is ready to improve and expand its multidimensional partnership with Pakistan, the Foreign Office (FO) said in a statement.

“Secretary Kerry said he would like to visit Pakistan in the near future to review bilateral cooperation and discuss regional issues,” FO said. The two sides also reviewed bilateral relations.

Aziz and Kerry also exchanged views on the regional situation with special reference to Afghanistan and agreed on the importance of promoting the Afghan-led reconciliation process.

Ties between the two countries were hit after a US drone killed Mansour on May 22 in Balochistan region.