As Panetta visits India, Pentagon reaffirms desire to resolve GLOCs

Spokesperson says reports of Panetta's comments in India "exaggerated".

Huma Imtiaz June 05, 2012

WASHINGTON DC: Pentagon spokesperson Captain John F. Kirby says that they remain in discussions with Pakistan for the re-opening of the supply routes and to improve the relationship with Pakistan.

Addressing reporters at the Pentagon during a press briefing, Captain Kirby said that the reports on Secretary Defense Leon Panetta’s recent remarks vis a vis India’s involvement in Afghanistan have been “exaggerated”. “The Secretary didn’t ask them [India] to do more,” he said.

The Pentagon spokesperson said that the Secretary of Defense had appreciated the work that India was doing in Afghanistan, and that they would continue to stay engaged in the region. He said that they have said in the past that security in Afghanistan was linked to Pakistan and other countries in the region which included India.

On the subject of the recent NATO agreement with three Central Asian countries on a reverse transit route, Captain Kirby said that this was an agreement that NATO made with the three countries. “We have bilateral agreements with them as well through the Northern Distribution Network, we appreciate them for those agreements.”

The Pentagon spokesperson also said that they have previously said that having the ground routes for flow of coalition traffic in and out of Afghanistan remain valuable. “We continue to remain in discussions with Pakistan to get the gates opened”, he said, and to improve relations with Pakistan on a strategic level.

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malik | 8 years ago | Reply Its no coincidence that earlier Mrs Clinton and now Mr Panetta have sent very strong worded message to Pakistan. This would not help the cause of war against terror. Its also shear disregard for the losses Pakistanis have faced. US current strategy would only make more people radicals here. The Americans know from the day of 9/11 that Pakistan's tribal areas harbor terrorists. Its strange,however, that now these elements are being talked about. With such high technology, US can track Alibi but cannot make difference between an army post and terrorist hideout and massacres 24 Pakistani soldiers without any remorse. Its interesting that such brutal killings have not touched any american's conscious either. US and NATO would gain more positive response from Pakistan if they don't treat al the Pakistanisl as terrorists and cooperate with Pak Army. Pak Army has gained in Swat valley and can do it again if US uses positive influence.
Sultan Ahmed | 8 years ago | Reply

Khel is a remote area, forested ridges and valleys, spread out both sides of the borders, the land piece of paradise,now has become militants haven.

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