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US focused on moving forward in its ties with Pak: Ventrell

US focused on moving forward in its ties with Pak: Ventrell

Washington: As Pakistan reopened the NATO supply routes into Afghanistan, the US said it is focused on moving its relations forward with Islamabad with which it has a shared interest of achieving peace and reconciliation in the war-torn country.

"We are focused on moving forward in our relations with Pakistan. We have many shared interests, including peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan, increasing trade and investment between our countries and the region, and in strengthening our people-to-people ties," US State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell told reporters yesterday.

Following an apology by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on July 3 for the November cross border airstrike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, Pakistan agreed to reopen the crucial NATO supply routes seven months after it had closed them.

Clinton spoke with Pakistani foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar saying that the US was "sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military."

Ventrell said reopening of the supply routes was a "tangible demonstration" of Pakistan’s support for a secure, peaceful, and prosperous Afghanistan.

"We are pleased that Pakistan has decided to open the NATO supply lines and that the first few containers have moved across the border," Ventrell added.

"We are really looking to moving forward with Pakistan in our relationship as best we can."

The NATO attack on November 26 last year had triggered a major diplomatic rift between the two countries, with Pakistan demanding that the US issue a formal apology for the incident.


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