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Remarks from Press Availability in Islamabad


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Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Reuters Soundbite
Islamabad, Pakistan
October 21, 2011

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"In response to the legitimate concerns that we have heard from our Pakistani partners, we are trying to squeeze and prevent terrorists on the Afghan side of the border from attacking Pakistan. Now similarly, we need greater cooperation on the Pakistani side of the border. In effect, we want to squeeze these terrorists so that they cannot attack and kill any Pakistani, any Afghan, any American, or anyone."

"We had serious in depth discussions that reflected the urgency of the issues before us. And these are issues that we feel are important for us to address together. The Afghan peace process, reconciliation, how do we do it, how do we make it work. The Haqqani network, how do we prevent them from wreaking havoc across the border and -- in the words of both Pakistanis and Americans -- squeeze them to prevent them from planning and executing attacks. How do we tackle the problem of improvised explosive devices that kill Pakistanis, Afghans, Americans? So we had a very in depth conversation with specifics. And we are looking forward to taking that conversation and operationalising it over the next days and weeks, not months and years, but days and weeks, because we have a lot of work to do to realize our shared goals."



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