Washington, USA: The United States of America (USA) recognizes the Durand Line as international border between Pakistan and Afghanistan and there is no change in US stance on it.
The United States endorsing the statement by US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Marc Grossman regarding porous Pak-Afghan border, reiterated that Durand Line is an internationally recognized boundary between Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Reaffirming Washington’s position over the 2640-km-long border, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, ”Our policy on this has not changed. It was correctly stated by Ambassador Grossman that we see this as the internationally recognized boundary.”
It should be mentioned here that the Afghan government did not approve 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.
Marc Grossman, the US special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan recently told a television channel in Kabul that the US recognizes the Durand Line as the border between the two countries.
Replying to a question if Washington 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.”