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UK’s Hague voices concern over Pak-US deadlock

Last Updated: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 15:26

Islamabad: British Foreign Secretary William Hague has expressed his concern over the deadlock between Islamabad and Washington over the reopening of NATO supply routes.

"Ground Lines of Communication (GLOC) into Afghanistan is an issue of concern for the UK, but it is also an issue between Pakistan and the US," the Daily Times quoted Hague, as saying.

The NATO supply routes into Afghanistan were blocked after a US air strike along the Afghan border last November, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.

Washington also called in its negotiators as talks failed to restore the supply.

"We want this issue to be resolved and of course we have raised it and discussed it," he said.

Talking about his visit to Pakistan, Hague said: "My visit here has confirmed to me what an important time this is for your country. The coming elections will be a crucial milestone in Pakistan`s democratic history: the first time one civilian government will succeed another one at an election. A strong, stable, constitutional democracy is firmly in Pakistan’s interests and will be welcomed by all Pakistan’s friends, including the UK."

"The government here has made such a strong public commitment on those elections," he said, adding that Gilani, following his meeting with British Prime Minister David Cameron, said that his government was committed to holding free and fair elections in accordance with the Constitution.


First Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 - 15:26

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