CHICAGO: Nato leaders on Monday called on Pakistan to reopen a key supply route into Afghanistan "as soon as possible" after talks with Islamabad on the border crossing faltered.
In a declaration at a summit in Chicago, the alliance expressed appreciation to Russia and Central Asian governments for allowing supply convoys through their territory and said "Nato continues to work with Pakistan to reopen the ground lines of communication as soon as possible."
"The countries in the region, particularly Pakistan, have important roles in ensuring enduring peace, stability and security in Afghanistan and in facilitating the completion of the transition process," the declaration said.
"We stand ready to continue dialogue and practical cooperation with relevant regional actors in this regard," it added.
Islamabad shut its border to Nato supplies in November after a botched US air raid that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead.