UNITED Kingdom’s (UK) Foreign Secretary William Hague has expressed concern over the seven-month impasse between Pakistan and the United States (U.S.) on reopening NATO supply routes into Afghanistan.
Pakistan shut its Afghan border to overland NATO supplies after U.S. air strikes killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last November.
Washington has refused to apologise formally for the deaths.
The United States said last Monday it has withdrawn low-level technocrat negotiators from Pakistan after talks over getting the border open again failed.
“We look to the United States and Pakistan to work successfully together and of greater concern to us, even than those lines of communication, would be a rift between the United States and Pakistan,” the visiting British minister said.
He said he raised the issue in his meetings with Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar, and hoped that both sides would find a solution.