ISAF hails reopening of Pakistan supply route
KABUL (PAN): The commander of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) on Wednesday hailed Pakistan’s move to reopen NATO supply lines as demonstrative of Islamabad’s desire to help secure a brighter future for Afghanistan and the region at large.
Late on Tuesday, Pakistan agreed to reopen the critical land route used by NATO to move supplies to neighbouring Afghanistan after the United States apologised for the death of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border airstrike.
“These continuing discussions underscore the importance of working together on the challenges facing our two countries in the days, months and years to come," Gen. John Allen said, hours after the decision of the Defence Committee of the Cabinet.
“I look forward to future opportunities to work together toward our common goals by taking coordinated action against terrorists,” Allen was quoted as saying in a statement from the ISAF media office.
Islamabad repeatedly demanded an apology from the US for the death of the 24 soldiers killed in the NATO raid near the Afghanistan border last November.
In Washington, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologised for the death of Pakistani soldiers, almost seven months after the incident that saw a new low inPakistan-US ties.
The two commanders also discussed the growing value of the relationship and tactical and operational efforts and measures being taken to defeat terrorists that threaten the region, ISAF said.
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