Will wait till Pak parliamentary review is complete: US

Washington: The US has said that it would wait for the Pakistani Parliament to complete its ongoing review of its bilateral ties with it, even as top American commanders on Wednesday met army chief Ashfaq Pervez Kayani.

"Our contacts have continued all the way through… but in terms of where we go from here, we`re going to wait until the Pakistani side finishes its internal debate and then we will look forward to consulting with them on the results," State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland said.

Nuland`s remarks in response to a question, comes the week in which top American leadership has had a series of meetings with the Pakistani leadership.

General James Mattis, Commander of US Central Command (CENTCOM), and General John Allen, the commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, travelled to Islamabad to meet Kayani.

This comes after US President Barack Obama`s meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on the sidelines of the nuclear security summit in Seoul.

"The President spoke to the relationship when he met with Prime Minister Gilani. We, in terms of getting fully back on track, you know where we`ve been, which is to respect the parliamentary process, which is continuing," she said.

The Pentagon said meeting was focused on US-Pak military relationship. "The focus of the meeting was to discuss the US Pakistani military relationship," Pentagon Press Secretary George Little, told reporters.

"We are hopeful that ground supplies routes would open in the near future, which is important to our effort in Afghanistan," he said, in response to a question.

Though this is the first visit to Islamabad by a senior US military official since November 26 incident, but there has been high level contacts between the military officials of the two countries, he said.

"We believe very strongly that the relationship with Pakistan is very important," Little said adding that these meetings are reflections of American efforts in this regard.

As the Parliamentary review continues, Little said, the US is open to dialogue with Pakistan in reopening of the supply routes.