US general in Pakistan amid tension, aid cut

By PAULINE JELINEK | July 13, 2011 | 8:29 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense officials say a top U.S. general is in Pakistan for the first high-level military visit since Washington announced it was suspending military aid to the country.

Two officials said Wednesday that Marine Gen. James Mattis, the head of U.S. Central Command, has met with Gen. Khalid Shameem Wynne, chairman of Pakistan's joint chiefs.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the visit while it is still under way.

With tensions high between the two nations, Pakistan said earlier Wednesday that the head of its Inter-Services Intelligence agency was headed to Washington for talks as well.