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Clinton says ties with Pakistan ‘very challenging’

Clinton says ties with Pakistan ‘very challenging’

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton described relations between the United States and Pakistan on Sunday as “very challenging”, a tacit admission of strained ties between the key allies.
Speaking after Pakistan boycotted a trilateral meeting on Afghanistan in Brussels in protest against a drone attack that killed 39 people, Clinton said Islamabad was caught between wanting to help and dealing with its own extremist threat. “It’s a very challenging relationship,

Clinton pushes for jobs, reform in transitioning Tunisia

TUNIS – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday pledged to help Tunisia create jobs and undertake reforms to keep the momentum behind the revolution that overthrew its president two months ago. The chief US diplomat began talks with interim President Foued Mebazaa, who replaced the ousted Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, after saying that an international donors conference would help to focus minds on Tunisia’s needs.
New govt officials and other Tunisians understand “we need a

Davis release – Ask Pakistan who paid blood money: Clinton

CAIRO/ISLAMABAD – The US government did not pay any compensation to families of the two Pakistanis killed by Raymond Davis, the American national, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday.
“The United States did not pay any compensation,” Clinton told reporters in Cairo. Asked who paid the families, she replied: “You will have to ask the families.” Asked if the Pakistan government had paid compensation, the secretary of state said: “You will have to ask the

Clinton wades into Arab revolutions

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves Sunday for an overseas tour to find ways to help the Libyan opposition oust a third Arab leader and maintain the momentum of democracy revolutions. The chief US diplomat is due first in Paris for face-to-face talks with Libya’s opposition before she travels to Tunisia and Egypt, where she will become the highest-level US official to visit since their presidents were toppled. In Paris on Monday, Clinton will also meet her

Clinton warns US against abandoning Pakistan

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday warned against abandoning Pakistan, urging Capitol Hill to back the (administration’s) request for the assistance for key allies including Islamabad.
“We are trying to deepen our relationship. There are many challenges confronting us, but we know what happens when we walk away from Pakistan. We did it before, and the results, unfortunately, were quite dire for us,” she told lawmakers in a testimony before a House

Hillary Clinton gives royal wedding advice

LONDON – Don’t get stressed and enjoy your big day is US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s advice to Prince William, fiancee Kate Middleton and their families ahead of the royal wedding next month.
Clinton, whose daughter Chelsea got married last year in a ceremony dubbed “America’s royal wedding”, said organising an event which also attracts global interest could be taxing. “I can only tell you that the wedding itself was wonderful but the preparations, and I’m sure that

Clinton calls Gilani again, demanding Davis’ release

ISLAMABAD – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton telephoned Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani on Sunday reiterating the demand for the release of Raymond Davis, an American citizen arrested in Lahore last month for killing two Pakistanis.
“The US secretary of state once again claimed in her telephonic conversation with the prime minister that Davis is a member of the diplomatic staff of the US embassy in the Pakistani capital and he is entitled to immunity,” an official said.

Pressure from Pakistan will make Afghan Taliban talk: Clinton

NEW YORK – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday said it was “no secret that we have not always seen eye-to-eye with Pakistan.” Pressure from the Pakistani side will help push the Taliban (Afghan) towards the negotiating table and away from al Qaeda,” she said in her speech at the Asia Society.
She also warned Pakistan that it risked major instability and hampering the war effort in Afghanistan unless it implemented broad reforms and stops fomenting anti-American

Foreign aid cuts would be ‘detrimental’: Clinton

WASHINGTON – Deep Republican cuts to foreign aid would be ‘detrimental’ to national security, top US diplomat Hillary Clinton warned Monday, saying Washington cannot afford to ‘recede’ from its global presence.
She had told House Speaker John Boehner that the cuts would cause the State Department and US Agency for International Development (USAID) to scale back their critical roles in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan, Clinton said. The secretary of state also cited political

Clinton meets Bhatti, promises support to minorities

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met the minister for Minorities Affairs in a show of support for religious freedom as tensions mount in Pakistan, he said Friday. Minorities Affairs Minister Shahbaz Bhatti, who has faced a wave of threats, said he spoke with Clinton on Thursday and explained his initiative to set up local committees around Pakistan to promote interfaith harmony.
“She was very supportive of religious freedom,” Bhatti told AFP. “She said religious

Clinton cannot say whether China is friend or foe

WASHINGTON – Two years after the Obama administration launched a charm offensive with China, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could not say Wednesday whether Beijing was a friend or foe.
“The reason we’re rolling out the red carpet and having President Hu (Jintao) come for a state visit is we think we’ll be better to answer such a question as we move forward,” Clinton said in an interview with ABC television. “Well, my hope is we have a normal relationship,” the chief US

Clinton broadens fight against Qaeda in Yemen trip

SANAA – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Yemen on Tuesday on a surprise visit aimed at helping President Ali Abdullah Saleh tackle problems that allow Al Qaeda to threaten his country and the West.
The first chief US diplomat to visit Yemen in more than 20 years, she said the trip was aimed at going beyond military cooperation to broach a “comprehensive strategy” for tackling Yemen’s myriad problems. “We are partnering with Yemen and other countries in the Gulf and

Clinton says sanctions are slowing Iran atom work

ABU DHABI – Sanctions have set back Iran’s nuclear programme, giving major powers more time to persuade Tehran to change tack, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Monday.
“The most recent analysis is that the sanctions have been working. They have made it much more difficult for Iran to pursue its nuclear ambition,” Clinton said in Abu Dhabi, where she is on an official visit.
“Iran had technological problems that have made it slow down its timetable, so we do see

Clinton calls for fair trial for Malaysia’s Anwar

KUALA LUMPUR: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Tuesday for Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to get a fair trial but carefully sought to avoid offending the Malaysian government.
Anwar, on trial for sodomy in what Washington views as a politically motivated case, has denied the charge and says it is a repeat of a government conspiracy that saw him dismissed as deputy prime minister in 1998.
Clinton is in Malaysia for meetings with top officials of a

Clinton says K Rouge court vital for peace in Cambodia

PHNOM PENH: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday hailed the work of a Khmer Rouge war crimes tribunal as “painful but necessary”, despite Cambodian opposition to pursuing more regime leaders.
Clinton praised the nation for confronting its dark past after an emotional visit to Phnom Penh’s genocide museum, where she saw photos of gaunt-faced prisoners, dozens of skulls of victims and paintings of people being tortured. The court “is bringing some of the people who

‘Nuclear codes lost during Clinton presidency’

Special codes that allow the US president to order a nuclear attack went missing “for months” during Bill Clinton’s time at the White House, his former top military officer says in a memoir.
The nuclear authorization codes, known as the “biscuit,” are supposed to remain close to the US president at all times and are safeguarded by one of his aides. “At one point during the Clinton administration – and until this day, to my knowledge this has never been released –