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Remarks After a Trilateral Meeting With Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Pakistani General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Truman Hall
Tervuren, Belgium
April 24, 2013


The video is available with closed captioning on YouTube.

Thanks very much, folks, for being patient. We had a very extensive and, I think everybody would agree, a very productive and constructive dialogue. And it’s fair to say that there’s good feeling among all of us that we made progress in this dialogue in terms of those discussions. But we have all agreed that results are what will tell the story, not statements at a press conference.

So we depart this meeting, each of us, with some very specific homework to do. We are not going to raise expectations or make any kind of promises that can’t be delivered. Frankly, we all agreed that it’s better for our populations to have a sense that we’re going to under-promise but deliver. And I think that everybody here agreed today that we will continue a very specific dialogue on both the political track as well as the security track, and we have a commitment to do that in the interests of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and peace in the region. And all of us agreed we are committed to try to find stability and peace within both countries and the region itself.

I think we’re on a good track, and I appreciate both President Karzai and General Kayani coming here for this discussion and taking as much time as they did to commit to it. Neither of them are going to make statements here today. We’re all going to go home and do our homework. And I think that’s the best thing to do. Thank you.

PRN: 2013/T04-13

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