Pakistan gets invite to NATO summit after signs of progress on Afghanistan supply routes

NATO on Tuesday confirmed Pakistan's participation in next week's summit in Chicago, U.S. Ambassador Ivo Daalder said via Twitter.

Last week, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen threatened to exclude Pakistan from the summit on the future of its neighbor, Afghanistan, if Pakistan did not reopen supply routes that have been closed since U.S. troops accidentally killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November. Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said Monday that the supply routes could be reopened now that Pakistan had “made a point.”

“Now we can move on,” she told reporters in Islamabad, according to The Associated Press.

Tensions between Pakistan and the United States remain high, however. Pakistan has asked President Obama to apologize for last year's incident, but the U.S. president has so far refused to do so.