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PublishDate: Monday, May 14, 201211:36

US, Pakistan, Afghan military hold border talks

Talks focused on border control measures, and mechanisms put in place to avoid untoward incidents on both sides of the Pak-Afghan Border.

The commander of NATO-led forces in Afghanistan met Pakistan and Afghanistan army chiefs on Sunday for talks on border security, almost six months after US airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

The November 26 airstrikes along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border provoked a major crisis in Pakistani-US relations, which were still reeling from the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last May.

Pakistan retaliated by shutting its Afghan border crossings to NATO supplies -- and the frontier remains closed.

But in a sign of easing tensions, US General John Allen, Pakistani army chief General Ashfaq Kayani and Afghan army chief General Sher Muhammad Karimi led their respective delegations at talks in Pakistan.

Allen said he was "very encouraged" by the talks.

"There was agreement these meetings are important to achieving continued progress toward... a peaceful Afghanistan so that Afghanistan can no longer be a safe haven for terrorists," Allen said, a

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