NATO hopes Pakistan supply route to reopen soon

Published: October 4, 2010

Soldiers stand alongside trucks carrying NATO supplies in the town of Chaman on September 30, 2010. PHOTO: AFP

BRUSSELS: Nato Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen expressed regret on Monday for the deaths of Pakistani soldiers last week and said he hoped Pakistan’s border would reopen for Nato supplies to Afghanistan as soon as possible.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi met with NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen in Brussels to discuss the recent operations of Isaf helicopters in Pakistani territory. The two met on the sidelines of a two-day Asia-Europe Meeting.

Angered by repeated attacks by Nato helicopters within its borders, Pakistan blocked one of the supply routes for Nato troops in Afghanistan after one strike killed three Pakistani soldiers last week in the western Kurram region.

“I expressed my regret for the incident last week in which Pakistani soldiers lost their lives,” Rasmussen. “I expressed my hope the border will be open for supplies as soon as possible; the foreign minister committed work on that for which I am very grateful.”

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Reader Comments (1)

  • Anoop
    Oct 4, 2010 - 9:25PM

    Will be interesting to see how this plays out. Guessing Pakistan will cave in and open the route. Recommend

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