Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
This morning, I spoke by phone with Pakistani International Minister Hina Rabbani Khar.
I as soon as once more reiterated our deepest regrets for the tragic incident in Salala final November. I provided our honest condolences to the households of the Pakistani troopers who misplaced their lives. International Minister Khar and I acknowledged the errors that resulted within the lack of Pakistani army lives. We’re sorry for the losses suffered by the Pakistani army. We’re dedicated to working intently with Pakistan and Afghanistan to stop this from ever occurring once more.
As I instructed the previous Prime Minister of Pakistan days after the Salala incident, America respects Pakistan’s sovereignty and is dedicated to working collectively in pursuit of shared goals on the premise of mutual pursuits and mutual respect.
In right now’s telephone name, International Minister Khar and I talked in regards to the significance of taking coordinated motion in opposition to terrorists who threaten Pakistan, the USA, and the area; of supporting Afghanistan’s safety, stability, and efforts in the direction of reconciliation; and of continuous to work collectively to advance the various different shared pursuits we’ve got, from growing commerce and funding to strengthening our people-to-people ties. Our international locations ought to have a relationship that’s enduring, strategic, and thoroughly outlined, and that enhances the safety and prosperity of each our nations and the area.
The International Minister and I have been reminded that our troops – Pakistani and American – are in a battle in opposition to a standard enemy. We’re each sorry for losses suffered by each our international locations on this battle in opposition to terrorists. We now have enhanced our counter-terrorism cooperation in opposition to terrorists that threaten Pakistan and the USA, with the aim of defeating Al-Qaida within the area.
As well as, I’m happy that International Minister Khar has knowledgeable me that the bottom provide traces (GLOC) into Afghanistan are opening. Pakistan will proceed to not cost any transit price within the bigger curiosity of peace and safety in Afghanistan and the area. It is a tangible demonstration of Pakistan’s assist for a safe, peaceable, and affluent Afghanistan and our shared goals within the area. This may also assist the USA and ISAF conduct the deliberate drawdown at a a lot decrease price. That is critically vital to the women and men who’re preventing terrorism and extremism in Afghanistan. International Minister Khar has knowledgeable me that, per present observe, no deadly tools will transit the GLOC into Afghanistan apart from equipping the ANSF. In concluding the decision, I reiterated our deep appreciation to the Authorities and the individuals of Pakistan for his or her many sacrifices and their vital contribution to the continued battle in opposition to terrorism and extremism.