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article imagePakistan reopening NATO supply routes after Clinton apology

By Paul Iddon     Jul 3, 2012 in Politics
Pakistan today has ended its seven month blockade of NATO supply routes into Afghanistan following an apology by U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton for a cross-border air strike that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November last year.
Recent reports from The Globe and Mail, BBC News and The Asian Age state that Mrs. Clinton has apologized "for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military."
“I offered our sincere condolences to the families of the Pakistani soldiers who lost their lives.”
-- Hilary Clinton
Pakistan had blockaded the routes that were used by NATO to resupply its forces in Afghanistan after that incident in November. This meant that the NATO states had to resupply their forces in Afghanistan via longer and more expensive northern routes through Central Asia.
The U.S. air strike in November which killed the 24 Pakistani troops was claimed by the U.S. to have been launched under the pretext of retaliation for alleged gunfire which came from the Pakistani side of the unstable and volatile border. Pakistan however doesn't accept this as the motive for the U.S. action clearly choosing to see it as unwarranted aggression.
U.S. Defence Secretary Leon Panetta applauded the decision by Pakistan to reopen the resupply routes stating that the United States remains "committed to improving our partnership with Pakistan and to working closely together as our two nations confront common security challenges in the region."
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