Dialogue between India, Pakistan ‘most promising’, says Clinton

July 19th, 2011 - 4:51 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The dialogue between India and Pakistan was “the most promising approach” to build confidence, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said here Tuesday, adding that her country saw Pakistan as a key ally against terrorism.

“We are encouraged by the dialogue occurring between India and Pakistan,” Clinton said at a press conference with External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna. She said she had been briefed on recent developments by Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon as well as Krishna.

“This is the most promising approach to build more confidence between them,” Clinton said, adding that the two countries must work on steps to “demonstrate the improved atmosphere”.

Stating that the US saw Pakistan as a key ally in the fight against terror, she said terrorism threatenED both countries. In fact, she added, terrorists had killed more Pakistanis than Americans. But, Clinton stressed, Pakistan must act on its own.

She said the US could not tolerate a “safe haven for terrorists anywhere… we need to work together.”

“We do not believe that any terrorists should be given safe havens,” she said.

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