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US reaffirms international status of Durand Line

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Victoria Nuland—Reuters Photo
Questioned if Washington had received any protest from the Afghan government following Grossman's statement, the US State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland (above) replied: “To my knowledge, no. But I know there has been quite a bit of press commentary out there”.—Reuters Photo

WASHINGTON: The United States said on Tuesday that Durand Line is the internationally recognised boundary between Pakistan and Afghanistan, as Washington stood by special envoy Ambassador Marc Grossman’s statement reaffirming its position on the 2640-km-long border.

“Our policy on this has not changed. It was correctly stated by Ambassador Grossman that we see this as the internationally recognised boundary”, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.

She was responding to a question about the Afghan government’s reported rejection of a statement made by US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan Grossman during his visit to Kabul, where he reiterated Washington's policy of international recognition of Durand Line.

The spokesperson was not aware of Afghanistan registering any protest with the US on the issue.

Questioned if Washington had received any protest from the Afghan government following Grossman's statement, the spokesperson replied: “To my knowledge, no. But I know there has been quite a bit of press commentary out there”.

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