US hopeful of reopening NATO routes from Pak to Afghan

The US expressed the hope that Islamabad would soon open the crucial supply NATO route to Afghanistan.

Updated: Apr 04, 2012, 08:48 AM IST

Washington: Amid a crucial review of Pak-US ties by Pakistani lawmakers, the US on Tuesday expressed the hope that Islamabad would soon open the crucial supply NATO route to Afghanistan.

"With respect to the ground supply routes into Afghanistan, we remain hopeful that those routes will be reopened in the near future, and discussions with the Pakistanis continue on a range of issues," Pentagon press secretary George Little said.

The supply routes were closed last November after Pakistani soldiers were killed in a NATO cross border fire.

On the issue of two American generals who recently traveled to Islamabad to hold talks with their Pakistani counterparts, Little said they had "a very good session" and are looking forward to future discussions.

"The relationship with Pakistan remains very important to the United States and we`re always looking for ways to explore further cooperation," Little told reporters at a Pentagon news conference.

He underlined that bilateral cooperation continues on a variety of fronts, including the issue of counterterrorism and coordination along the border with Afghanistan.

"We think that the relationship is settling and, even though we`ve been through a rocky period, we can get through it," Little said in response to a question.

PTI