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ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's continued closure of ground routes that NATO nations use to supply troops in Afghanistan is damaging ties with the United States and other countries, the Pakistani government said on Tuesday.
"The continued closure of supply lines not only impinge(s) on our relationship with the U.S., but also on our relations with the 49 other member states of NATO/ISAF," Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf told senior government and military officials, according a statement issued by his office.
The two countries are expected to announce a deal to reopen the routes, shut since 24 Pakistani soldiers were killed by NATO aircraft last November, as early as Tuesday evening.
(Reporting By Sheree Sardar; writing by Missy Ryan)
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