US signs deal with Pakistan on NATO convoys

Panel Chairman John KerryJohn KerrySenators who have felt McCain's wrath talk of their respect for him Dems see huge field emerging to take on Trump Budowsky: Dems need council of war MORE (D-Mass.) called it a “step to settle things down” in the tense U.S.-Pakistani relationship.

Pakistan closed the routes, which are used to deliver non-lethal supplies, after the United States mistakenly killed 24 Pakistani troops on the border with Afghanistan in November. Pakistan agreed to reopen the routes after Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonObama intel chief wonders if Trump is trying to make 'Russia great again' Trump Jr., Manafort reach deal to avoid public hearing next week House Intel panel to interview Kushner amid Russia probe MORE apologized earlier this month.  

The new deal contains a written guarantee that Pakistan will be allowed to scan containers to ensure they do not contain weapons, Britain's Telegraph reports. The United States also agreed to release $1.1 billion in foreign aid to reimburse Pakistan for the cost of counter-insurgency operations.