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US, Pak still negotiating reopening of NATO routes

The NATO supply routes to Afghanistan were closed by Pakistan in retaliation after 24 of its soldiers were killed on November 26.



Washington: The team of officials from the United States and Pakistan are still continuing their negotiations on the reopening of the crucial NATO supply routes to Afghanistan, a US official said on Friday.

"They (negotiation teams from the US and Pakistan) are back at the table today (Friday). We do not have anything to report beyond what we had," State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference when asked about the status on reopening of the supply routes.

The NATO supply routes to Afghanistan were closed by Pakistan in retaliation after 24 of its soldiers were killed in a cross border air raid on November 26.

A day earlier, the US had said that progress has been made in talks with Pakistan on reopening of the routes, but no final decision has been made it.

An interagency US team is in Islamabad for more than three-weeks now.

"We`ve said that if we can get it done, it would be a positive contribution, but we`re going to keep talking until we get it right," Nuland said when asked if she is still optimistic that a deal could be reached before the start of the NATO Summit in Chicago over the weekend.

Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is attending the NATO summit.

PTI

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