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US Deputy Secretary of State Nides to arrive in Islamabad

Islamabad , Mon, 02 Apr 2012 ANI

Islamabad, Apr 2(ANI): US Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides is likely to travel to Islamabad this week to hold crucial talks to devise a new framework under which supplies for the western forces stationed in Afghanistan would pass through the country.

This is the first time that both sides will hold formal negotiations on the issue since Pakistan sealed that NATO supply routes after the deadly November 26 airstrike.

Nides, who is the deputy secretary of state for management and resources, will hold discussions with Pakistan's government officials, including Finance Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, a government official said, on the condition of anonymity.

Another official said the meeting is also likely to discuss about the Coalition Support Fund (CSF), The Express Tribune reports.

The CSF, which was established by the United States in 2001 to support 27 nations, including Pakistan, to partially cover costs they incur during the war against terrorism, has been one of the contentious issues between the two countries.

The official added that Washington had shown its willingness to accept Islamabad's demand of additional fees on Nato goods passing through Pakistan.

US Ambassador Cameron Munter had called on Pakistan's Finance Minister Hafeez Shaikh to finalise the agenda of Nides' visit. (ANI)

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