US does not expect resolution of Nato supply route during Chicago summit

White House deputy National Security Advisor says there is no bilateral Zardari, Obama meeting scheduled.

Huma Imtiaz May 20, 2012

CHICAGO: White House Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes said on Saturday that the US did not expect an agreement on the reopening of Nato supply routes through Pakistan to be completed over the weekend while the NATO Summit 2012 takes place.

With Nato extending an invitation to Pakistan to attend the meeting earlier in the week, and slew of ‘politically positive’ statements coming from Islamabad, it was expected that perhaps a deal would be struck before the Chicago moot got underway on Sunday.

However, as Rhodes travelled to Chicago, he told reporters that that there was no bilateral meeting scheduled between President Zardari and President Obama. He added that the only bilateral meeting the US President has scheduled is with the Afghan president Hamid Karzai. The frost between US and its chief ally in the War on Terror continues, for now.

According to a pool report, Rhodes said that negotiations for reopening the supply lines are ongoing. “We believe this is going to be resolved. We expect that to take some time. Based on the statements they’ve made, the negotiations going on, we believe it’s going to be accomplished. We’re not anticipating necessarily closing out those negotiations this weekend.”

On Friday, Pakistan had allowed four containers carrying office supplies for the US embassy in Kabul to cross over from Pakistan, onto the Afghan side of the Durand Line. This was the first consignment to make it through in six months after Pakistan had shut borders with Afghanistan after Nato airstrikes targeted a Pakistan check post and killed 24 soldiers with ‘friendly fire’.


A.Bajwa | 10 years ago | Reply

It looks supply route was not that big a card. Closing of these routes has not caused a ripple in Washington.US will probably bring a dispute against Pakistan and manuevre a decision in their favour.After all an apology has no legal basis . Pakistan should have sought compensation which the norm in international law.

j. von hettlingen | 10 years ago | Reply

Why did Zardari travel to the Nato-Summit in Chicago, if he couldn't have a bilateral talk with Obama? Was Zardari the right person to attend the meeting? Hasn't Pakistan a more important role to play in the region than just blocking the supply route to Afghanistan?

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