ISLAMABAD - A high-level meeting was held here at Prime Minister House to evolve government’s strategy about dealing with the US on fresh terms of re-engagement in light of the recommendations of the Parliament.

Sources aware of the deliberations of the meeting informed The Nation that the government would likely have a detailed discussion with United States  Special Envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman-led team which had landed in Federal Capital Wednesday night to participate in the two-day sixth trilateral meeting of the core group of Pakistan, Afghanistan and the United States starting here on Thursday (today) mainly to discuss the post-NATO forces withdrawal scenario in Afghanistan.

Sources further informed that on the sidelines of the two-day moot Grossman would have meetings with political and military leadership of the country with focus on the NATO supply resumption and revisit to the US-Pak relations after the Salala attacks.

The meeting at Prime Minister House was also attended by the military leadership besides a few federal ministers and Pakistan Ambassador to United States Sherry Rehman who had given detailed briefing to the participants about her interaction with the US leadership and their point of view on Pak-US relations revisit.

Sources further said though the current phase of interaction between Grossman with Pakistani authorities would not culminate at some formal announcement for NATO supplies resumption or some other policy decisions but these meetings would definitely be levelling the ground for the formal negotiations in this connection between the two states.

The meeting at Prime Minister’s House was attended by Minister for Defence Ahmed Mukhtar, Minister for Finance Hafeez Shaikh, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, Interior Minister Rehman Malik, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, ISI DG Lt-General Muhammad Zaheerul Islam and Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani.

AFP adds: “This is a bilateral consultation about how we can improve our relationship along all of the lines that have been difficult,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters in Washington.

Relations between the two nations fell into freefall last year over the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan and a NATO air strike near the border with Afghanistan that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

The troops’ deaths in November prompted Pakistan to close its border to NATO - a main form of cooperation between Washington and Islamabad since they entered their uneasy partnership following the September 11, 2001 attacks.

In guidelines approved by parliament earlier this month, Pakistan called for an unconditional US apology over the deaths along with a ban on transporting weapons through the country and an end to drone strikes.

Nuland declined to go into detail about whether Grossman would discuss all of Pakistan’s demands but said: “I think he’s open to working through the results of the parliamentary review with the Pakistani government.”

“We had been waiting for that review to be concluded before we could fully re-engage. So this is our opportunity to do that,” she said.

President Barack Obama has called the border deaths an accident and voiced regret. But he stopped short of an apology, a step that would likely trigger criticism from his domestic opponents in an election year.

While drone attacks appear to be at a lull, the United States has been enthusiastic about such unmanned attacks to kill militants deep in Pakistani territory. Pakistan says the strikes kill civilians and fuel resentment.