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Pak, US inch closer to resolving resumption of NATO supply routes impasse: Report

Islamabad, Wed, 23 May 2012 ANI

Islamabad, May 23 (ANI): Pakistan and the United States have inched closer to resolving the contentious reopening of NATO supply routes to Afghanistan impasse, official sources have claimed.

Sources in Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that a Pakistani team was in Washington for talks on resumption of NATO supplies, while a visiting US team was engaged in talks with Pakistani officials in Islamabad.

The Daily Times also quoted Mark Stroh, the US embassy spokesman, as saying that 'talks on the issue of reopening NATO routes are moving forward.'

According to the report, sources also claimed that talks on NATO air strikes in Salala in November had almost concluded and it was guaranteed that such mishaps would never happen again.

"The two sides agreed on a mechanism that would ensure non-occurrence of Salala-like incidents in the future," the paper quoted a source, as saying.

They added that US officials had also agreed to offer an apology for the incident, but would wait for a 'proper time'.

Meanwhile, sources in the Commerce Ministry said talks on charges for each NATO truck passing through Pakistan were also in progress.

They said Pakistan has demanded 5,000 dollars per truck, but US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has ruled out paying this amount "considering the financial challenges". (ANI)

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