By Mike Mount and Jill Dougherty
The U.S. military could repay Pakistan up to $1.1 billion as part of a deal struck with that country that opened up NATO supply lines blockaded since last November, according to U.S. officials.
The money is part of a U.S. military program called “coalition support funds,” which reimburses the Pakistani military for counterterrorism efforts. The U.S. halted paying the bills from Pakistan as tension rose between the two countries.
The Pentagon will consult with Congress about paying the bills and review then receipts to decide whether to pay all or part of the $1.1 billion, according to a U.S. official who was not authorized to speak on the record but had knowledge of details of the agreement.
By Jill Dougherty and Mike Mount
The United States' refusal to apologize for a 2011 military strike that killed two dozen Pakistani troops continues to hold up any final agreement to open transit routes into Afghanistan, a senior Pakistani diplomat tells CNN.
The official described the talks as being in hiatus after U.S. negotiators left the country this week following nearly two months of talks over reopening land routes from Pakistan into Afghanistan that have been used to carry supplies for the war.
The official spoke on background because of the sensitivity of the issue.