US-Pakistan putting tensions behind them: Clinton

By AFP
Published: July 8, 2012

Had 'broad-ranging discussion' with Hina Rabbani Khar on resolving issues surrounding re-opening NATO routes: Clinton. PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday that the United States and Pakistan are putting past tensions behind them to focus on the future, after meeting with her Pakistani counterpart.

It was their first face-to-face meeting since the two countries last week struck a deal to re-open key supply routes into Afghanistan, closed for seven months following a US attack in which 24 Pakistani soldiers died.

Clinton told reporters in Tokyo on the sidelines of a conference on Afghanistan that she had “a broad-ranging discussion” with Hina Rabbani Khar on resolving some of the issues surrounding the re-opening of border routes.

“We are both encouraged that we have been able to put the recent difficulties behind us so we can focus on the many challenges ahead,” she said.

The killing of the soldiers, coupled with a US raid on the Pakistani compound of Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011, had plunged ties between the two nations to new lows.

But the two countries aimed to use the “positive momentum generated” by last week’s deal to move forward on many of the challenges still facing them, Clinton said.

Her talks with Khar had “focused on the necessity of defeating the terror networks that threaten the stability of Pakistan and Afghanistan” as well as Afghan reconciliation efforts.

“We also discussed economic support and the goal of moving towards more trade then aid as part of our economic relationship,” Clinton said.

“Obviously there’s a lot of follow-up work that has to be done. I’ve said a number of times that is a challenging and interesting relationship and it remains so,” Clinton said.

But she warned the relationship was likely to remain rocky at times.

“I have no reason to believe that it will not continue to raise hard questions for us both, but it is something I think is in the interests of the United States as well as Pakistan,” Clinton said.

Last week, Clinton said Washington was sorry for the deaths of the Pakistani soldiers, paving the way for Islamabad to agree to reopen the supply routes vital for NATO and the US to truck supplies into Afghanistan.

The border blockade had forced the United States and its allies to rely on longer, more costly routes through Central Asia, Russia and the Caucasus.

As part of the deal to reopen the borders, Washington will also release about $1.1 billion to the Pakistani military from a US “coalition support fund” designed to reimburse Pakistan for the cost of counter-insurgency operations.

Reader Comments (23)

  • Truth
    Jul 8, 2012 - 2:25PM

    No comments.Recommend

  • Mahmood
    Jul 8, 2012 - 3:07PM

    US-Pakistan putting tensions behind them: Clinton
    …..until the next crisis tomorrow

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  • dasmir
    Jul 8, 2012 - 3:32PM

    In your dreams buddy!

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  • True Muslim Paki
    Jul 8, 2012 - 3:41PM

    They give billions in aid to Afghans.. but not Pakistan..
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-18758148Recommend

  • syed baqar ahsan
    Jul 8, 2012 - 3:46PM

    Always problem/corruption/dis honesty starts from the elder, it is a universal truth and young one or small only copy.USA has to be careful.India, Japan and 18 0thers can import oil from Iran and Pakistan is being stopped to export wheat and import energy.What a Hillary’s USA is.

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  • Acorn Guts
    Jul 8, 2012 - 5:04PM

    Yeah, time for you to dig another tension up for us. Please let it be without any bloodbath this time.

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  • syed baqar ahsan
    Jul 8, 2012 - 5:21PM

    “Putting tension(arrogance)behind” ,It was that pinch of extra US$ 2.1 BILLION Americans (sense prevailed) paid for using northern or Russian route to supply or support their troops for seven months by effective blocked by Pakistan.Be careful my “Friend”.

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  • adil
    Jul 8, 2012 - 5:44PM

    oh…so now, US will not ask us to do more….drone attacks will stop…and our economy will florish…..US has also promised to right off all of our loans? they are great friends….they will not fund the terrorists in Pakistan any more to carry out bomb explosions in the name of Taliban….US is also providing us nuclear power plants to over come our energy needs…and from now on…US is our friend again….?? then why these politicians and generals stopped their supplies?? US is also helping us sort out our issues with INdia….US will not attack Pakistan any more….they have turned into angels now, suddenly….Recommend

  • sil3nt
    Jul 8, 2012 - 6:10PM

    sign of another trouble coming ….

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  • AnisAqeel
    Jul 8, 2012 - 6:39PM

    As a nation we have developed a mentality of very high over estimation for ourselves and very low underestimating others and these are extremes infested among the entire country in all fields of life not only religion. Nothing is indispensable, if we are not co-operative, someone else will the only repercussions will be higher costs for the USA but still livable. If America has $100.00 and spends $1.00 via Pakistan’s help they will still be able to spend even $5.00 while losing $4.00 but they won’t become number 2 and stay #1 in the world as a supper power for years to come.

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  • Sheheryar Khan
    Jul 8, 2012 - 7:35PM

    Supply line is Opened for 2.1 Billion dollars . Zardari and TOLA will eat away this money. This money will be used on buying elections which will further create a Chaos. Pakistani public will not see a single dollar ever. This money is a form of Bribe to the Corrupt who will in turn will try to win election with this money to remain in power to further destroy Pakistan.Recommend

  • Hedgefunder
    Jul 8, 2012 - 7:37PM

    Uncle Sam is not going to forget very quickly, the antics this Aid dependant Nation has played over past year !
    There are going to be long term implications in this relationship and the real test will come in 2014, as to the reality of this so called relationship !

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  • gp65
    Jul 8, 2012 - 8:05PM

    @True Muslim Paki: “They give billions in aid to Afghans.. but not Pakistan.”.

    Sovereign nations do not demand aid or complain about the quantum of aid they get. Figure out if you want to call yourself sovereign or not first. India for example has a well defined aid policy. Only certain countries are allowed to give aid . For any other country, the aid has to be minimum 250 million dollars or India will not accept it. Even from the countries it accepts aid, the aid CANNOT be tied i.e. there can be no conditions imposed by donor country. India also does not accept aid during calamities such as tsunami, floods etc. because it does not like foreigners to take charge of rehabilitation efforts.

    UK newspapers created a big issue when India did not give a certain defense orde3r to UK companies about the fact that despite getting aid, India was not giving them the order. Indian foreign minister said – please stop giving us aid. We will make decisions based on our national interests not based on donor request.

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  • gp65
    Jul 8, 2012 - 8:15PM

    @syed baqar ahsan: ““Putting tension(arrogance)behind” ,It was that pinch of extra US$ 2.1 BILLION Americans (sense prevailed) paid for using northern or Russian route to supply or support their troops for seven months by effective blocked by Pakistan.Be careful my “Friend”.”

    Yes. You do realize that it is Pakistan that capitulated. It agreed to every US condition. US agreed to no Pakistani condition.

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  • gp65
    Jul 8, 2012 - 8:28PM

    @adil: For a country that is very proud of its ghairat, you are looking forward to other people’s help in many areas where most sovereign countries help themselves:
    1. Repaying your own loans
    2. Building power plants in country
    3. Resolving your issues with neighbours
    4. Managing your internal law and order situation.

    I understand your post was sarcastic but there was an implied sarcasm that US really wasn’t doing the things that you expect a ‘friend’ to do , so this friendship was not worthwhile for Pakistan. The reality is that you truly want to get a relationship of ‘Friends not mastwers’, then you will need to show more self respect in your relationship instead of constantly saying ‘Give more’.

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  • j. von hettlingen
    Jul 8, 2012 - 9:42PM

    Washington has no other options but to apologise. The U.S. is running out of time and the countdown 2014 is on. Yet the situation could change if the Pakistan’s People’s Party loses its majority in the parliament in next year’s general elections.

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  • Observer
    Jul 8, 2012 - 9:55PM

    @gp65:

    You need to clarify your statements on “aid” received by India. India does not get any significant free aid money anymore. You are confusing international loans for investment and infrastructure with free dole-outs.

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  • gp65
    Jul 8, 2012 - 10:34PM

    @Observer: India does get aid from Britain. But my point was that it is not tied aid. When Britain tried to influence national policy using the aid as pretext, India said – Thanks but no thanks. The fact that India will not accept tied aid significantly reduces the amount of aid it receives but that is an acceptable tradeoff for India.

    Bill and Melinda Gates foundation have also invested hundreds of millions in India on diseases like malaria and leprosy.

    I wasn’t confusing aid with investment or soft loans. Recommend

  • True Muslim Paki
    Jul 9, 2012 - 3:09AM

    @GP65: Why do you compare Pakistan with India? Pakistan is a different country and is not part of India. Another point is, India was poorer than Pakistan not long ago. Just check it out yourselves. Dont be too proud as if India is a Developed country like Switzerland or Germany.. Its still a third world country and there`s rampant poverty.

    Pakistan is in this state because of many wars it has to face. 3 wars with India, and with the soviets and now the so called war on terror. It has to support refugees from Afghanistan. This is the reason why Pakistan needs to Aids. Even the Size of Pakistan is much smaller than India and it has to take Afghan Refugees.

    Once Imran Khan saheb comes to power, look at how Pakistan will be. Pakistan will be come a true Islamic State, with no corruption. Plz stop comparision till elections.

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  • rkfromny
    Jul 9, 2012 - 4:14AM

    US behaving like true masters………………

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  • observer 2
    Jul 9, 2012 - 5:25AM

    @gp: For your information Britain is still giving £280 million pounds per year and will continue at that rate till 2015. So i don’t know why you are feeling so high and mighty about, coming on a Pakistani site and and giving your biased views.

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  • john marsh
    Jul 9, 2012 - 11:32PM

    “To see a vulgar display of US duplicity and hypocrisy one needs to look no farther than the US violating the Geneva Convention with respect to perpetrating regime change, waging aggressive war(s), engaging in torture and murder, conducting extraordinary renditions and providing support for terrorist organizations like the MEK [MKO], PPK, Jundullah and now al-Qaeda in Syria.”

    “This is the method the US uses to ensure its way of life. The US has a long history of enlisting terrorist support in the implementation of a terrorist foreign policy, and this policy is causing more and more nations to realize they do not need the US to engage in mutually beneficial trade, cultural exchange or military agreements as such are growing to the exclusion of US interests and influence.”

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  • Ahmer Ali
    Jul 10, 2012 - 11:12AM

    “TOKYO:US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Sunday that the United States and Pakistan are putting past tensions behind them to focus on the future, after meeting with her Pakistani counterpart”
    Yes absolutely Hilary Clinton is right on her this stance because mostly US’ tensions are being put behind furtively not Pakistan’s tensions and the most especially importantly Pakistan’s tension drones’ strikes which are always ahead and US’ leaders’ top priority/agenda the drones’ strikes shall have to be continued on Pakistani tribal areas.

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