Pakistan must do more on IED: US
WASHINGTON (PAN): The United States on Wednesday said that Pakistanneeded to do more on preventing the flow of calcium ammonium nitrate, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) precursor, into Afghanistan.
“We’ve been clear that Pakistan must do more. We’ve seen some initial progress. It is something that’s really at the top of our agenda,” State Department spokesperson Patrick Ventrell told reporters at a news conference.
“As we got our working groups back up and going as our relationship got back on track, one of the top things, one of the top working groups we got going again was this IED working group. So we’ve made some progress,” he said.
Working to save the lives of US forces in Afghanistan by addressing the threats of IEDs had been, and continued to be, a critical priority for the US in its discussions with Pakistan, Ventrell said.
The State Department had been clear that Pakistan, both the government and industry, must do more to prevent the flow of calcium ammonium nitrate into Afghanistan, he stressed
However, he acknowledged there had been some recent progress and greater cooperation between the US and a Pakistan-based company that produced calcium ammonium nitrate.
By the same token, cooperation between the US and Pakistan in this regard had also improved, the spokesman said. “This is something that the US has been working on for some time. We’d like to see some further concrete action.”
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