WASHINGTON - Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Sherry Rehman Monday urged Washington to ‘stay away from coercive diplomacy through the media’, as she reiterated Islamabad’s demand for an apology over the Salala attack and an end to drone attacks to move the bilateral relations forward.“Both countries need to focus on the positives, try to understand each other’s narratives, show understanding for each other’s priorities and constraints, and treat each other as sovereign nations engaged as partners in the defining struggle of our times – defeating terrorism,” she said at a conference organised by the Pakistani-American Congress at Capitol Hill.“We on the Pakistan side are trying to do so. We urge our friends on the US side to make a similar commitment. The first step in that direction must be to stay away from coercive diplomacy through the media,” the ambassador added.“This means no drone attacks and no incursions into Pakistani territory. An appropriate apology for the Salala incident of November 26, 2011 in which twenty-four Pakistani soldiers were killed in a US air attack is also needed. This is the least the US can do.”Sherry said once the two countries overcome current differences, they have a lot to gain from a mutually respectful and productive relationship in the years ahead.