Washington to bring home diplomats without securing deal with Islamabad to end blockade on NATO convoys to Afghanistan.
The United States is withdrawing its team of negotiators from Pakistan without securing a long-sought deal with Islamabad to allow trucks to again supply NATO troops in neighboring Afghanistan, the Pentagon has said.
“The decision was reached to bring the team home for a short period of time,” George Little, Pentagon spokesman, told reporters on Monday.
The team of negotiators had been in Pakistan for about six weeks, he said, as US officials had believed they were close to a deal with Islamabad to lift the blockade on NATO convoys.
But no breakthrough was imminent and there was no scheduled date for a resumption of the negotiations, Little said.