Pakistan 'to re-open' supply lines to NATO, Afghan forces
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Pakistan 'to re-open' supply lines to NATO, Afghan forces

New York City : NY : USA | Jul 03, 2012 at 5:00 PM PDT
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TOLOnews 6pm News, 15 June 2012/طلوع نیوز، ۲۶ جوزا/ خرداد ماه ۱۳۹۱

Following an apology by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the loss suffered by Pakistan in November’s U.S. attack, Pakistan asserted on Tuesday that it would re-open the supply routes.

Mrs. Clinton made the announcement in Washington after phone conversation with her Pakistani counterpart, Hina Rabbani Khar.

Clinton said, "We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military. I offered our sincere condolences to the families of the Pakistani soldiers who lost their lives."

The routes have become increasingly inevitable for the safe withdrawal of the NATO troops from Afghanistan in 2014.

Relations between the U.S. and Pakistan had deteriorated since the attack by the U.S. troops on Pakistan’s two military camps, killing two dozen soldiers in strike. Thereafter, the supply routes were closed from Pakistan’s side, leading U.S. to reduce its reliance on Pakistan by using a more costly route through Central Asia.

The prompt decision of Pakistan to reopen the supply routes was also welcomed by US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

"We remain committed to improving our partnership with Pakistan and to working closely together as our two nations confront common security challenges in the region," he said in a statement.

He talked about the restoration of good relations with Pakistan and of working closely with its war ally to curb the security challenges faced by the two nations. Further, General John Allen, the US commander of NATO troops in Afghanistan, who had held talks in Afghanistan twice in last six days, has also encouraged the step of routes’ re-opening by Pakistan and endorsed this as Pakistan’s desire of brighter and secure Afghanistan.

Pakistan’s law makers in mid April demanded unconditional apology for the attack and asked for bringing the drone strikes to halt, that U.S. snubbed completely.

Relations between the two countries have been strained for a long time now. The announcement of reopening the supply routes will help a long way in melting the ice between the two war allies against the war on terror.

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Michelle Lincaster is based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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