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U.S. Envoy Discusses Supply Routes With Pakistani Leaders


U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman

U.S. special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Marc Grossman

A senior American envoy has met with officials in Islamabad to convince them to reopen NATO supply routes to Afghanistan.

Marc Grossman said he didn't expect to get an immediate commitment but that "the task now is to begin a conversation about how to move forward."

Islamabad shut the supply lines in November to protest an inadvertent U.S. air raid that killed 24 Pakistani troops.

In a statement, the Pakistani military said army chief General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and Grossman discussed re-engagement and security issues within the framework laid out by Pakistani lawmakers.

The parliament has demanded that Washington apologize for the border incident and halt attacks by drone aircraft inside Pakistan.

Grossman, who is Washington's special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, reiterated U.S. statements of regret but didn't apologize.

Based on reporting by AP and ispr.net.pk
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