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Supply Lines to Reopen After U.S. Apologizes to Pakistan

Posted on Jul 3, 2012
U.S. Air Force/Lt. Col. Leslie Pratt

Pakistan will reopen crucial supply lines to NATO forces in Afghanistan after Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized for the deaths of 24 Pakistani soldiers in drone strikes in November. “We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military,” she said. “We are committed to working closely with Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent this from ever happening again.”

The deal represents a small improvement in the still-rocky U.S.-Pakistan relations, strained by the conflict in Afghanistan and the apparent harboring of Taliban and other militia forces in Pakistan, not to mention the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.—CN

BBC News:

Pakistan will reopen crucial supply routes to Nato-led forces in Afghanistan after the US apologised for killing 24 of its soldiers in November, Washington and Islamabad have said.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said: “We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military.”

The Pakistani Taliban promptly threatened to attack the convoys.

The routes are increasingly important as Nato prepares to withdraw all combat troops from Afghanistan in 2014.

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