Pakistan to Reopen NATO Supply Lines as U.S. Apologizes

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Following the apology given by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Tuesday for the November airstrike that left 24 Pakistani soldiers dead, Pakistan informed the United States that they will reopen crucial supply routes to NATO forces in Afghanistan

"We are sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani military," Clinton said in the statement. "We are committed to working closely with Pakistan and Afghanistan to prevent this from ever happening again."

After the November 26 incident, Pakistan and United States relations became incredibly strained partly because the U.S. never gave a formal apology, which sent the two countries into a seven-month standoff, BBC News said.

According to the New York Times the decision by Pakistan and the apology from the U.S. came about after many weeks of e-mails, visits, and phone calls between the two countries. "This was jointly done," a person with knowledge about the process said.

Pakistan's statement also announced that their previous demand to increase transit fees from $250 to $5,000 per container will not be applied when the routes open, BBC News said.

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