US doesn’t expect Pakistan to reopen NATO supply routes soon | Pakistan Today

US doesn’t expect Pakistan to reopen NATO supply routes soon

As the Taliban kicks off its spring fighting season in Afghanistan, an agreement with Pakistan that would help NATO supply its troops there could be weeks or months away, forcing military leaders to spend two-and-a-half times as much to ship some supplies through Central Asia.
The Obama administration remains locked in negotiations with Pakistan to reopen the key supply routes into Afghanistan, and officials do not expect talks bogged down over proposed tariffs and US military assistance to reach resolution anytime soon. A deal is almost certainly impossible before May 20-21, when Obama will host NATO leaders in his hometown of Chicago. There, Western leaders will define plans for moving out of Afghanistan and for funding local troops they hope can contain a resilient insurgency when NATO withdraws.
A US defence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that talks in Islamabad between Pakistani and US officials on supply routes, were continuing this week, but “no decisions are imminent.” “There’s value in continuing to have those discussions, but there’s no sense those talks are going to turn into decisions” shortly, the official said. A deal would require agreement on Pakistan’s proposal to impose tariffs on NATO supplies, including how tariffs would be formulated, where that money would go, and how the West would ensure those funds were being used appropriately. Another issue stalling the talks is disagreement over how much the United States should reimburse Pakistan for counter-terrorism activity by Pakistani forces.
The United States believes it owes Pakistan about $1 billion in arrears for that program, called Coalition Support Funds, while Pakistan contends the figure is much higher, perhaps over three times as much.



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  1. Anon said:

    Something is telling me that they have some contingencies working…

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