NATO Chief hopeful of reopening of transit routes

Last Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 23:46

Washington: NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen on Sunday hoped that the Pakistan would soon reopen the crucial supply routes to Afghanistan and that the negotiations going with Pakistan in this regard would end in a positive manner.

"We are hopeful of the reopening of the transit routes in the very near future," Rasmussen told reporters in Chicago as leaders of more than 60 countries gathered in this city to attend the NATO Summit meeting, which would chalk out the road map for the future of Afghanistan.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari are among the key world leaders attending the key global conference being hosted by US President, Barack Obama.

Zardari a late entrant to the meeting is attending the conference at the invitation of the NATO Secretary General.

Reopening of the closed supply routes is going to be an important issue for Zardari here.

"We have for quite some time had a dialogue with Pakistan. We have negotiated. These negotiations will continue but I am hopeful that they would be concluded in a positive manner so that we would see reopening of the frontier routes in the very near future," Rasmussen said.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 09:19

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