Washington: US Department of Defence officials have hinted that the country might not offer any official apology to Pakistan for the Salala incident.
The statement comes after many in Pakistan were expecting a breakthrough after the Defence Committee of the Cabinet (DCC) meeting to discuss the reopening of the NATO supply lines soon, reports The News.
The US official repeated the six-month-old official response saying, "US officials have offered our deepest regrets and for that tragic incident and sincerest condolences to the families of the Pakistani soldiers who lost their lives. We are committed to working closely with Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent this from ever happening again."
The official rejected the notion that Pakistan was not being paid for the usage of Ground Lines of Communication (GLOC), and stated that a new agreement has been reached according to which an extra USD 350 million will be paid to Pakistan.
"Coalition cargo transiting Pakistan has been subject to all general fees applied to any goods transiting Pakistan according to Pakistani laws and regulations, and has paid additional fees for services requested by Pakistani government entities," he said.