Thursday, July 5, 2012

Pakistan reopens NATO supply lines


Boris Pavlishev
4.07.2012, 23:07
Pakistan has reopened its transit supply lines to the 130,000-strong NATO-led force in Afghanistan, more than seven months after closing them following an American air raid which killed 24 Pakistani troops.
The US withheld apologies at the time. It also punished Pakistan for closing the routes by freezing $1bn in defence aid. NATO’s summit held in Chicago in May failed to resolve the problem. The Americans continued to ship their cargoes bound for Afghanistan across Russia and former Soviet Central Asia.The breakthrough came last Tuesday, when US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton did extend the long-awaited apologies in a phone call to her Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar. Mrs Khar said the routes would be reopened, and the transit rate would stay nil.

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