12:00 AM - WASHINGTON: Diplomats from Afghanistan, India, and the United States met in New York on the margins of the United Nations in the first formal trilateral meeting aimed at overcoming Pakistan's selective blockade of landlocked Afghanistan.''The meeting provided a forum for the US Government and the Government of India to explore ways to coordinate and align their assistance with the priorities of the Afghan government,'' a joint statement following the meeting said, amid reports that Pakistan has declined to allow Indian wheat supplies and other humanitarian aid overland to Afghanistan.The blockade has, which has sought trade and transit routes to and from India through Pakistan. It has gone so far as to warn Islamabad that it can retaliate if that is not granted by restricting Pakistan's access to Central Asia.The US, which essentially buys access tothrough Pakistan with aid (in the form of Coalition Support Funds and through multilateral agency), is trying to broker an agreement. But going beyond that the three sides are also looking at other options as Pakistan's belligerence and hostility has increased sharply in recent months. There have been frequent calls in Pakistan to stop US access even though the rent-extraction has proved to be profitable for the Pakistani establishment and its elites.