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NATO bypasses Pakistan with new Afghan transport deal through Central Asia

Washington , Tue, 05 Jun 2012 ANI

Washington, June 5 (ANI): The North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) has reportedly signed a deal with three key Central Asian countries to evacuate military equipment and vehicles from Afghanistan.

The agreement with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan will allow NATO to bypass Pakistan, which has blocked the military alliance from using its territory in a disagreement over drone strikes.

NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced the Central Asian deals on Monday, the BBC reports.

"These agreements will give us a range of new options and the robust and flexible transport network we need," the report quoted Rasmussen, as saying.

The US-led NATO mission in Afghanistan is due to wind down completely by the end of 2014.

Pakistan is the easiest and cheapest route out of landlocked Afghanistan, but it has been closed to NATO forces for six months.

Islamabad shut down the southern supply routes after US airstrikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. (ANI)


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