World Bulletin / News Desk
NATO and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) commander in war-torn Afghanistan General Joseph Dunford met with Army Chief General Raheel Sharif in Kabul on Monday to discuss issues related to Obama's proposed 2014 pullout of US troops from Afghanistan, and the suspension of NATO supplies via the Torkhum border to attacks on NATO containers were also discussed, sources said.
“The two discussed matters of mutual interest with particular focus on Pakistan-Afghanistan Border coordination mechanism”, the press release said. ..." General Sharif and General Dunford agreed on improving communications over both sides of the border", it added.
NATO transports 70 to 80 per cent of its supplies into Afghanistan via the southwestern Chaman and Northwestern Torkhum borders of Pakistan. Supplies from Torkhum border have been suspended for the last 24 days by the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhawa (KP) provincial government in protest against a perpetual spate of drone strikes on the country’s northern tribal belt.
According to sources, the Isaaf commander expressed his concern over the blockade of supplies via the Torkhum border. The army chief assured the Isaaf commander that the government was actively working to resolve the issue.
Pakistan is the cheapest route that foreign forces have been using for the over the last decade to transport supplies into Afghanistan. In the event of the permanent closure of this route, foreign forces have an alternative but six times more costlier route via Central Asia.Last Mod: 16 Aralık 2013, 17:07