Terms need review, minister says

March 26, 2012 at 2:31 PM

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 26 (UPI) -- Pakistan's foreign minister said Thursday U.S. regret for a NATO airstrike in November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers is insufficient.

In a wide-ranging interview with CNN in Islamabad, Hina Rabbani Khar said the incident, in which NATO jets fired on a Pakistani checkpoint near the Afghan border, triggered "a complete re-look at the terms of engagement with the United States of America," and new terms could help mend the eroded trust and respect between the two countries.

The U.S. government expressed regret but did not offer a direct apology.

Her comments came as Pakistani lawmakers begin to debate and vote on a reassessment of the relationship, with proposals that include charging fees to ship NATO goods through Pakistan, an end to U.S. drone strikes, and what Khar called "an unconditional apology" for the airstrikes.

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