Pentagon hopeful of reopening Afghan supply route

The US military personnel in Islamabad are talking with their Pakistani counterparts in this regard, he added.

Updated: Jan 10, 2012, 23:46 PM IST

Washington: The Pentagon on Tuesday expressed hope
that Pakistan would soon reopen the crucial supply routes to
Afghanistan, but said no negotiations were being carried out
on the issue.

"I am not aware of any negotiations as such to get them
open," Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt John Kirby told reporters
during an off camera news conference.

However, the US military personnel in Islamabad are
talking with their Pakistani counterparts in this regard, he
added.

"We are in routine, regular communication with the
Pakistani military leaders, primarily the US Embassy in
Islamabad and the defence officers there," he said.

"I think, we made it clear that we would like to have
those routes open, but this a decision that only the Pakistani
government can make. They have not made decision yet," Kirby
said.

The Pentagon official said the US commanders on the ground
in Afghanistan are working on the stockpiles in the country
and so far the closure of the supply routes has had no impact
on the US operations inside Afghanistan.

"We would like these routes to be reopened. We do remain
hopeful that these routes would be reopened sometime soon,"
Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

These routes, catering to nearly 30 per cent of the total
supplies to Afghanistan, were closed on November 26 after the
NATO cross-border strikes that killed 24 Pak soldiers.

PTI