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News number: 8711021517

17:50 | 2009-01-21

Foriegn Policy

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Petraeus Stresses Need for Multiple Supply Routes into Afghanistan

TEHRAN (FNA)- Commander of American Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq General David Petraeus stressed the US need for multiple supply routes into Afghanistan.



Referring to the proposed increase in activities and troop surge, General Petraeus who came to Islamabad on a one-day visit said he also discussed about the actions Pakistan has taken after investigations into November Mumbai attacks which killed some 170 people and injured over 300.

He also informed reporters in Islamabad of a US agreement reached with Russia and Central Asian states over alternate supply routes for American and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

General Petraeus visited Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan before arriving in Pakistan.

Commander of American Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq who held talks with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani in Islamabad also met with the army chief, General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani.

The US military announced in December that reinforcements of 20,000 to 30,000 troops will be sent to Afghanistan, where about 70,000 international troops are fighting alongside Afghan security forces with Taliban and Al-Qaeda.