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US sees deal near; Pakistan haggling over money

US sees deal near on reopening Afghan supply routes, but Pakistan cites differences over money By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' U.S. hopes of reopening Pakistan's supply routes for the Afghanistan war ahead of next week's NATO summit are going down to the wire.

Washington is hopeful of an imminent deal. But Pakistan is insisting that the United States pay more to repair relations and end the blockade.

Both sides say negotiations continued in Islamabad on Wednesday.

The routes were closed after American airstrikes in November that killed 24 Pakistani troops on the Afghan border.

Yet, an American official says the final deal hinged only on the two sides formalizing a written memorandum of understanding.

A Pakistani official offered a different assessment, describing a wide discrepancy over financial terms.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation.

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