Kerry, Pakistan agree on steps to improve ties

By the Associated Press | May 16, 2011 | 9:14 AM EDT

U.S. Senator John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Yusuf Raza Gilani prior to their talks at Prime Minister house in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Monday, May 16, 2011. Kerry says the U.S. relationship with Pakistan is at a "critical moment" because of the killing of Osama bin Laden in the Pakistan town of Abbottabad. (AP Photo/B.K.Bangash)

ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Kerry says he and Pakistani leaders have agreed on a "series of steps" to improve their nations' fraying ties.

The senator did not specify what those steps are but he says they will "be implemented immediately in order to get this relationship back on track."

Kerry was in Pakistan on Monday amid high tensions over the U.S. raid that killed Osama bin Laden in the South Asian country's northwest.

Pakistan says the raid violated its sovereignty.

Kerry insists the secrecy surrounding the May 2 raid on bin Laden was crucial to assuring its success, and that he himself did not learn of it until afterward.

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — U.S. Sen. John Kerry says Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will soon announce plans to visit Pakistan.

Clinton's visit would be a boost to U.S.-Pakistan relations that have been strained in the wake of the American raid that killed Osama bin Laden on May 2.

Kerry announced Clinton's planned visit during a visit to Islamabad on Monday.