WASHINGTON - The Obama administration Monday confirmed news coming out of Islamabad about progress in US-Pakistan talks towards reopening the Pakistani routes for supplies into Afghanistan where American troops are fighting the Taliban.

The confirmation by the State Department and Pentagon spokespersons followed a statement by Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar that the time has come to reopen the key routes at Torkham and Chaman. Khar’s indication of progress came a week ahead of NATO summit in Chicago, where the Obama Administration wants to showcase progress in the Afghan war as the Western alliance seeks to meet the 2014 combat troops withdrawal deadline. The State Department welcomed the Pakistani foreign minister’s remarks.

“Our team is still in Islamabad working on the land route issue. My understanding this morning is that they have made considerable progress but they are still working,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said.

The land routes were shut down by Pakistan after NATO’s airstrikes on Pakistani border posts in November, killing 24 soldiers. Nuland’s remarks at the daily press briefing came as top Pakistan and American military commanders concluded two days of deliberations on counterterrorism cooperation, also engaging Kabul in three-way talks. But the Pakistani and American teams continued their talks in Islamabad.

“They are not yet finished with the Pakistanis,” Nuland said.

“But we’re having a full review with the government of Pakistan on how this transit system works and all of the issues are on the table in that context,” she added.

A the Pentagon, Press Secretary George Little said the two countries have not yet concluded an agreement on reopening of the ground lines of communication but expressed the hope that the issue would be resolved soon.

“No agreement has been reached, but we do hope that this issue is resolved soon,” the Pentagon spokesman said.