Washington: Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said on Monday that Nato signed deals with Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan to remove equipment through their territories as it winds down the Afghan operation.
“We reached agreement on reverse transit from Afghanistan with three Central Asian partners: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan,” Rasmussen said at a news conference.
“These agreements will give us a range of new options and the robust and flexible transport network we need,” he added.
With the help of the deal, Nato will be able to bypass Pakistan. Pakistan blocked Nato supply after Nato killed its 24 soldiers in an air strike last year.
The US is due to withdraw 23000 of its 130,000 troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2012. France, a Nato partner, is also due to withdraw its 4000 troops from the country, AFP reported.
The US has continuously been forcing Pakistan to reopen blocked routes. “I still hope that a solution can be found in the very near future,” Rasmussen said.