“Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen spoke pretty clearly where NATO is on this set of issues. He did remind that the supply routes are blocked and that we are continuing our dialogue and that we are looking for a solution,” The Dawn quoted State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland, as saying.
Both US and NATO consider the Pakistani land routes as crucial to transportation of supplies into landlocked Afghanistan, but the routes have closed for almost six months since a NATO warplane killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border on the security posts.
According to Nuland, Ambassador Grossman, while in Pakistan, had substantive conversations with regard to the opening of the land routes. Then he brought with him an expert team to work with the Pakistani expert team.
That team is still in Pakistan. They are continuing to work together on this issue, she added.
Washington: The US has said it continues to work with Islamabad on reopening the Pakistani land routes for NATO supplies, but declined to comment on the alliance’s suggestion that an invitation to Pakistan for this month’s Chicago summit was linked to resumption of supplies.
First Published: Saturday, May 12, 2012, 15:24