Pakistan's foreign minister has called for better cooperation with the United States to avoid a repeat of last week's missile strike that killed civilians in the tribal border region. Khursheed Kasuri made the remark on Saturday during a meeting in Islamabad with U.S. Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns.
Kasuri said that although Pakistan is committed to fighting terrorism, there is also need for the two countries to work in a manner that precludes recent incidents like Bajaur which triggered public outrage. The U.S. strike on a village in the Bajaur tribal region apparently targeted, but missed, al-Qaida's second-in-command. However, media reports say it killed at least three top al-Qaida leaders, including a top chemical weapons expert. There was no immediate response from Burns who earlier signed a 200-million-dollar grant to Pakistan for reconstruction in quake devastated areas. The grant covers four years, with the first 15-million-dollars available immediately.