|In this photo released by Pakistan's Press Information Department (PID) on July 31, 2012, Deputy U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Richard Hoagland (L, Front) and Rear Admiral Farrukh Ahmed shake hands after signing an agreement in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Pakistan and the U.S. on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to replace the existing arrangement for NATO supply routes. (Xinhua/PID)
ISLAMABAD, July 31 (Xinhua) -- Pakistan and the United States on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to replace the existing arrangement for NATO supply routes.
American Charge d'Affaires in Islamabad, Richard Hoagland, and a senior Pakistani Defense Ministry official, Rear Admiral Farrokh Ahmad, signed the MoU on behalf of the two governments.
Pakistan reopened the land route for transporting supplies to the NATO-led coalition force in neighboring Afghanistan on July 3 after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized for the killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers in a U.S. airstrike on a border checkpost last November.
Pakistan blocked the supply line for nearly seven months before Washington agreed to tender apology.
Officials from both countries will meet once every two months to evaluate the implementation of the MoU.
Transportation of arms and ammunition via Pakistan will not be allowed except for the Afghan National Army, according to the MoU.
Transport of non-lethal cargo including food, medicine and fuel will be allowed.
The MoU will be valid till 31 December 2015 and could be extended for one year after consultations.
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