16 May 2011 Last updated at 12:38 ET
US Senator John Kerry, on a visit to Pakistan, has publicly defended the raid by US special forces that led to the killing of Osama Bin Laden.
Mr Kerry said secrecy surrounding the raid had been crucial and did not reflect mistrust of Pakistan's leaders.
Pakistan is angry that it was not told in advance about the 2 May raid and that its sovereignty was violated.
Mr Kerry said it was now important to put relations between the two countries back on track.
In a televised address, Mr Kerry said that even Gen David Petraeus, the US and Nato commander in Afghanistan, had only learned about the operation shortly before it took place.
"I was informed by [US Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton through a call a few hours after the operation," Mr Kerry said.
"It was not a matter of trust but imperative of operational security. I respe
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Location: Islamabad, Islamabad Capital Territory, Pakistan (load item map)
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