In an attempt to bring new life to relations with Pakistan, Sen. John Kerry is in Islamabad this week.
And as an act of goodwill, Pakistan has agreed to return the tail of the U.S. military helicopter that malfunctioned during the Osama bin Laden raid, Kerry said.
The chopper experienced mechanical difficulties when landing at bin Laden's compound. Navy SEALs destroyed part of it in an attempt to keep secret the latest U.S. military technology.
This act, Kerry said Monday, is part of a specific series of steps that could determine whether the United States will continue to provide billions of dollars in aid to Pakistan, a severance some in Congress are calling for - outraged as they are that bin Laden found refuge in a Abbottabad , a city known for its military academy and bases, the Washington Post reported.
Pakistani officials, meanwhile, are irked that the U.S. did not warn them of the bin Laden operation.
Nevertheless, Kerry said the U.S. and Pakistan have agreed to get the relationship back on track.
The first step in that roadmap, Kerry said, is that the tail of the downed helicopter used in the raid be returned to U.S. custody.
My goal in coming here was not to apologize for what I consider to be a triumph against terrorism of unprecedented consequences, he said.
Beyond the helicopter tail, Kerry did not outline which steps will be taken - or which steps have been agreed upon.
I'll say again and again: The make or break is real, Kerry said. There are members of Congress who aren't confident that [the relationship] can be patched back together again. That is why actions, not words, are going to be critical to earning their votes.