US working diligently with Pak to reopen NATO route

The United States continues to work with Islamabad towards restoration of the Pakistani land routes.

Updated: Jun 01, 2012, 12:49 PM IST

Islamabad: The United States continues to work with Islamabad towards restoration of the Pakistani land routes that transport NATO supplies into landlocked Afghanistan, a State Department spokesman has said.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner also said that they hope the issue will be resolved amicably.

“We do remain engaged with Pakistan on reopening these ground lines of communication,” The Dawn quoted Toner, as saying.

“We want to and think that opening them would obviously be an important demonstration of Pakistan’s commitment to the international effort to ensure a prosperous, peaceful Afghanistan. So we are working diligently trying to make progress,” he added.

According to the report, Toner said that the US is discussing a broad range of issues with Pakistan.

“We are continuing to meet in Islamabad to talk over these issues as we are discussing a broad range of issues with Pakistan. But it’s slow going, but we are making progress,” the report quoted him, as saying.

He also said that the United States wants Pakistan to be stable, prosperous democracies that will help its neighbours also become stable democracies.

According to the paper, his remarks came amid reports that a senior US official may next week join the American team in Islamabad that is negotiating a resolution to the six-month old issue of NATO supply routes reopening with their Pakistani counterparts.

ANI