February 1, 2012 / 5:49 AM / 8 years ago

Pakistan minister: leaked document can be "disregarded"

KABUL (Reuters) - Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Wednesday that a leaked U.S. military report claiming Pakistan supported the Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan can be “disregarded.”

“We can disregard this as a potentially strategic leak... This is old wine in an even older bottle,” she told reporters during an official visit to the Afghan capital Kabul.

The U.S. military said in a secret report the Taliban are set to retake control of Afghanistan after NATO-led forces withdraw from the country, raising the prospect of a major failure of Western policy after a costly war.

Khar, whose visit was the first high-level meeting in months between officials from both countries, added that the neighbors should stop blaming each other for strained cross-border ties.

“We must start engaging in the end of blame games,” she said.

Reporting by Amie Ferris-Rotman; Editing by Daniel Magnowski and Ron Popeski

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